97. The Council also noted that, given the importance of concluding a separate agreement on the Headquarters Office for WFP as soon as possible, the Director-General had decided to consult with the CCLM on the internal procedures that FAO must follow with regard to the negotiation and eventual conclusion of the agreement at Headquarters, and in particular the role of FAO`s governing bodies. In this context, the CCLM had concluded that, although there was no specific provision in the Constitution for the conclusion of such agreements, a practice has been developed over the years that the Council has generally been subject to the approval of such agreements. 98. However, the CCLM acknowledged that this procedure could not be completed before the November 1988 Council meeting. Bearing in mind that there is an urgent need to ensure that WFP has adequate permanent housing, the fact that the agreement does not normally contain substantial derogations from the provisions of the faSO and loyalty agreements (International Fund for Agricultural Development) and the Secretary-General`s obvious power to conclude the agreement on behalf of the United Nations, the CCLM had recommended that the Director-General be allowed to conclude the agreement on behalf of FAO, without submitting the text for approval to the Council, unless he felt that he needed an important question. This partnership agreement, the second of its kind, underlines the joint commitment of Luxembourg and WFP to focus on responding to emergencies through effective and innovative instruments. As part of the agreement, Luxembourg has provided EUR 2 million to support the WFP-managed Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) and its efforts to enable all those responding to humanitarian emergencies, including those affected by disasters, to access essential communication services. During the previous four-year partnership, Luxembourg supported etc.
in numerous operations, including Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the conflict in South Sudan and the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The agreement between Luxembourg and WFP was signed yesterday by Romain Schneider, Luxembourg`s Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, and ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director. The signing took place during a “virtual” ceremony during a video conference between Luxembourg City and WFP headquarters in Rome, Italy. As part of the new agreement, Luxembourg has committed to allocate EUR 7 million per year to a wide range of WFP operations over one and four years. Luxembourg`s contribution will support humanitarian action in West and Central Africa, in addition to key WFP programmes such as emergency telecommunications programmes, school meals, efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and immediate preparedness measures. WFP is the world`s largest humanitarian organization that fights hunger, provides food assistance in emergencies and works with communities to improve food and resilience. Each year, WFP supports about 80 million people in about 75 countries. 107. In accordance with paragraph B-l of the Declaration of Principles on granting observer status to nations, the Council took note of the request of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.R.) to participate as an observer in the 82st session of the Council and approved its participation. 2. to point out that an essential element of this representation is that all regions that wish to do so are indeed represented in the Committee`s office; and 103. The Council expressed concern about the situation in the animal subsector in the region and reaffirmed the need for FAO-supported national and regional action.