23 June 2019, Rome – Qu Dongyu of China was elected Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today.

Qu Dongyu received a total of 108 votes out of 191 cast, constituting a majority in the first round.

The election took place during the 41st session of the FAO Conference (22-29 June 2019), the highest governing body of the Organization. 

Qu Dong Yu, who was born in 1963, is currently Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China.

Read his full CV here (page 15).

Qu Dongyu will be FAO's ninth Director-General since the Organization was founded on October 16, 1945.

The term of the new Director-General, who will succeed Brazil’s José Graziano da Silva, will start on 1 August 2019 and run to 31 July 2023.

FAO Directors-General

Since the establishment of FAO in 1945, there have been eight Directors-General:

• Sir John Boyd Orr, United Kingdom, 1945-1948 
• Norris E. Dodd, United States, 1948-1954 
• Philip Vincent Cardon, United States, 1954-1956 
• Binay Ranjan Sen, India, 1956-1967 
• Addeke Hendrik Boerma, Netherlands, 1968-1975 
• Edouard Saouma, Lebanon, 1976-1993 
• Jacques Diouf, Senegal, 1994-2011 
• José Graziano da Silva, Brazil, 2011-2019


from fao.org


23 giugno 2019, Roma - Il cinese Qu Dongyu è stato eletto oggi Direttore Generale dell'Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite per l'Alimentazione e l'Agricoltura (FAO).

Qu Dongyu ha ottenuto 108 voti sui 191 espressi, il che ha costituito la maggioranza al primo turno.  

L'elezione si è svolta nel corso della 41ma sessione della Conferenza della FAO (22-29 giugno 2019), il massimo organo di governo dell'Organizzazione. 

Qu Dong Yu, nato nel 1963, è attualmente Viceministro dell'Agricoltura e degli affari rurali in Cina. 

Il suo curriculum completo è disponibile qui (pagina 15). 

Qu Dongyu sarà il nono Direttore Generale della FAO dalla fondazione dell'Organizzazione, il 16 ottobre 1945. 

Il mandato del nuovo Direttore Generale, che subentra al brasiliano José Graziano da Silva, inizierà il 1° agosto 2019 e terminerà il 31 luglio 2023. 

Direttori Generali della FAO

Dall'istituzione della FAO nel 1945 si sono succeduti otto Direttori Generali:

  • Sir John Boyd Orr, Regno Unito, 1945-1948
  • Norris E. Dodd, Stati Uniti, 1948-1954
  • Philip Vincent Cardon, Stati Uniti, 1954-1956
  • Binay Ranjan Sen, India, 1956-1967
  • Addeke Hendrik Boerma, Olanda, 1968-1975
  • Edouard Saouma, Libano, 1976-1993
  • Jacques Diouf, Senegal, 1994-2011
  • José Graziano da Silva, Brasile, 2011-2019


dal sito ufficiale fao.org


The important issues of the planet

During the International Careers Festival, the Deputy Permanent of Ireland, Damien Kelly, responsible for developing and managing relationships with partner institutions in European and International locations, was one the guests.

As members of the Rome Press Game, one of the fiv eprojects of this festival, we had the occasion to ask him some questions, before his speech at the conference.  He spoke about this festival as a great opportunity for students to absorb a lot of information, but the only conditions is to have the curiosity to discover new things. People should not be afraid of asking questions, because this is the only way to remove all thei rdoubts. 

He also spoke about  the fundamental role of Ireland, in the context of  the International cooperation among the States of United Nations.  In addition to this, he underlined the importance of  obbligations, that each State has,  to support development countries.

Furthermore, he suggested new generations to  travell and to study abroad in order to develop their skills and to give themselves a challenge.

During the conference, he introduced the role of Faoas a system of international goals. The major challenges for this world organization are to face hunger, poverty and climate change.

But how can Ireland achieve these goals?  It is necessary a radical transformation, referring planet, peace and partnership. Another big rolecould be played by agricolture.  Sustainable production will require agriculture for the development of local ecosystems and the prevention of climate changes.

Another issue Fao has to deal with is the condition of poor farmers, that requires a crucial investment to develop the potential of small production. Tecnology is really important for the improvement of  the agricultural development efficiency.

Shortly,  it is necessary to try evertything possible in order to address the climate change. The contribution of talking is important for the success of these plans, because it is the beginning of International agreement and action.

The Fao’s responsability is that of supporting resolutions through the International agreement. In this way it becomes possible to make significant progress in reducing pollution and water conservation.

The fundamental questions is the following: “how can we use less energy in order to make the resources more efficient?” “What can we do in order to  support developing coutries, suchas Somalia?”. That’s the challenge for an international community.

Another important solution is the food education, that implies the respect of cultural diversity, by producing etnichally appropriate food. In conclusion, he confirmed the role of technology,by mentioning drones as an example of advanced technology that is making agricolture more productive.

This is how Damiel Kelly ended his speech, inspiring all the International students who took part in the conference, and encouragingthem to contribuite to this challenge.

Lavinia De Santis e Silvia Cortese



Today during the opening ceremony of the International Career Festival Monika Altmaier, the HR Director  of FAO, gave some guidelines to the participants  in howto begin an international career, with a special focus on the opportunity that FAO can give as an international organization. FAO is an organization which concerns about eradicating hunger and poverty through the development of programs based on the respect of natural resources.

FAO’s main aims are to help people facing problems related to the lack of food and malnutrition as well as reduce rural poverty through changing the ways agriculture, forestry and fisheries  being conducted. According to forecast, by 2050 population is expected to increase  by 2 billion units. This data can make people wonder if food will be enough for all. Thorough a program called “Food For All”, Monika and FAO believe this goal is achievable. This is an international goal which requires an international enrolment.   Then What kind of skills are requested to start an international career in an organization like FAO?

As  the director of this organization, Monika focused her attention on explaining particular skills needed to work in this field. The first one is to embrace diversity and be open-minded to different cultures and points of views, then it is very important to believe in long-term success and be able to balance the differences in a multicultural context.

This field offers a variety of opportunities which allows you to gain the job experience, learns new skills as well as gives you the chance to represent your country and work in a global community.

At the end of the speech, she describes two different categories an international career can be divided in to: professional and general services. She also made a list of the professional post requirements, which include academic qualification, work experience and a good knowledge of at least two of the UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian). The participants had the chance to acquaint themselves with the opportunities for students and recent graduates that FAO offers, such as junior professional programs, associate professional officer program, FAO internship program and other volunteering opportunities.


By Battiato Giorgia, Burri Arianna, Eleonori Sara, Filaseta Cecilia.

Are you interested in working for an International Organization? Are you willing to embark on a challenging opportunity that will enrich your personal as well as your professional experience? If so, consider applying for an internship at FAO!


Organization: FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) is an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. Moreover, FAO is a source of knowledge and information, helping developing countries to modernize and improve their agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices, ensuring good nutrition and food security


Duty Station: Several options within FAO’Headquarters and its decentralized offices worldwide


Open to: Students and young graduates under 30


Timeframe: 3-6 months


Deadline: None – Selection process open throughout the year   


Job description: The Organization offers several options to provide hands-on opportunities for students or young graduates to learn more about what FAO does. Tasks will be different according to each field of study



- no more than 30 years of age

- be recent graduates or students in a recognized university or graduate school programme and have completed at the very least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant to the work of FAO

- working knowledge of English, French or Spanish is required. Knowledge of one of the other two, or Arabic, Chinese or Russian, is an asset

- must not bear any of the following relationships to staff members of the Organization: son, daughter, brother, or sister


Wage/fees: Stipend from FAO up to the amount of US $700


Application process:

Interested candidates can apply online through iRrecruitment in three easy steps:

1) Create the Personal Profile Form (PPF) online in iRecruitment

2) Attach a letter of motivation

3) Apply to the vacancy: "IRC3038: Call for Interest: Internship Programme"

Eligible applications will be retained for a maximum period of six months. Only successful candidates will be contacted by FAO.

For iRecruitment user guidelines, please refer to the application toolkit


Useful links:

FAO website

Get more info about the internship


Contact information:


Viale delle Terme di Caracalla

00153 Rome, Italy

Tel: (+39) 06 57051

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Edited by Tatiana Camerota

The editorial staff of carriereinternazionali.com is not responsible for the reliability of the information contained in this article. If you want any further information concerning this vacancy, please contact the proposing organization.


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