THE MARINE MAMMAL COMMISSION COMPENDIUM
MULTILATERAL / UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATIONS
Volume(s) 1-3; pages 1133-1134
Amendments to the Constitution of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, 1959
Done at Rome 20 November 1959
Entered into force 20 November 1959
Primary source citation: 12 UST 980, TIAS 4803
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS Viale delle Terme di Caracalla R O M E Cable Address: FOODAGRI, ROME Tel. 590011-590211-599071
The Honorable THE SECRETARY OF STATE USA
Please quote: G/159
In accordance with the wish expressed by the Tenth Session of the FAO Conference (31 October to 20 November 1959), I have the honor to transmit herewith a certified statement giving the text of the amendments to the Constitution and the General Rules and Financial Regulations of the Organization which were adopted by that Session of the Conference, as well as the dates on which each amendment was adopted.
I am also enclosing a statement regarding admissions by the Tenth Session of the Conference to membership and associate membership in the Organization, as well as a copy of the relevant resolutions.
Accept, Sir, the assurance of my highest consideration.
B. R. Sen Director-General
AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION, GENERAL RULES AND FINANCIAL REGULATIONS OF THE ORGANIZATION, TO THE RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR THE COUNCIL AND TO THE STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES RELATING TO CONVENTIONS AND AGREEMENTS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES
In Article V.1 of the Constitution, (see Resolution No. 56/59 of 6 November 1959) the number between brackets is to be deleted and the number underlined is to be added:
‘A Council of the Organization consisting of  twenty-five Member Nations shall be elected by the Conference . . .’
Article XVIII of the Constitution (see Resolution No. 54/59 of 11 November 1959) is to be amended by the addition to that Article of a paragraph 5 worded as follows:
‘5. Decisions on the level of the budget shall be taken by a two-thirds majority of the votes cast.’
Article XX of the Constitution (see Resolution No. 55/59 of 7 November 1959) is to be amended by the addition of two new paragraphs 3 and 4 as follows:
‘3. Proposals for the amendment of the Constitution may be made either by the Council or by a Member Nation in a communication addressed to the Director-General. The Director-General shall immediately inform all Member Nations and Associate Members of all proposals for amendments.
‘4. No proposal for the amendment of the Constitution shall be included in the agenda of any session of the Conference unless notice thereof has been dispatched by the Director-General to Member Nations and Associate Members at least 120 days before the opening of the session.’