China's Deputy Minister of Agriculture, FAO's new Director-General

The Chinese candidate and Vice Minister of Agriculture, Qu Dongyu, beat the candidates from France and Georgia in the election to head the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

With 108 votes in favor, Qu prevailed in the first round after achieving the majority required in the vote, in which 191 countries participated.

Qu replaces the Brazilian Jose Graziano da Silva and will occupy his new position on August 1 for the next four years.

The French and European Union candidate, Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, only received 71 votes, while the former Georgian minister Davit Kirvalidze got 12.

"I want to thank my country after these 40 years of successful reform and open politics," said the Chinese representative in his first words after winning the election, in which there was only one abstention.

During the campaign, Qu proposed focusing on the eradication of hunger in poor regions, modernizing agriculture in tropical and dry areas, promoting digitization and innovation in cooperation models.

Beijing thus reinforces its position in the United Nations system at a time of trade dispute with the United States and with projects such as the New Silk Road, which includes significant investments in third countries.


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