China's Qu Dongyu re-elected unopposed as head of UN food agency

AFP , Sunday 2 Jul 2023

The head of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, Qu Dongyu, was re-elected Sunday for a second term as head of the UN agency.

Qu Dongyu
Qu Dongyu, Director-General of UN Food Agency FAO. Photo courtesy FAO


He was the only candidate standing for the role of FAO Director-General, and received 168 out of 182 votes in a ballot in Rome on Sunday.

Qu, a former Chinese government minister who was nominated for the post by Beijing, will serve a new four-year term from August 1.

His appointment is seen as a part of a drive by Beijing to get more Chinese figures into senior jobs at international bodies.

Qu, a biologist by training, was vice-minister of agriculture before taking over as head of the UN agency in 2019.

FAO directors can hold the role for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

The vote came during the FAO Conference, which runs until July 7.

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