Report of the Council of FAO: 120th session: Rome, 18-23 June 2001

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The supreme governing body of the FAO is the Conference. The Council is the executive organ of the Conference. It exercises powers delegated to it by the Conference and meets at least three times between regular Conference sessions. The Council comprises 49 member nations each elected by the Conference for a three-year term with one-third of the membership standing down each year.