FAO adopts Portuguese as working language

28 November 2005

Rome, Italy, 28 Nov – The 33rd summit of the United Nations Fund for Food and Agriculture (FAO), which ended Friday in Rome, approved a motion put forward by Angola to adopt Portuguese as a working language for the FAO African Regional Conference as of 2006, officials said.

The move makes Portuguese the fourth working language for the FAO African Regional Conferences, along with English, French and Arabic.

The Angolan government made the request to the United Nations agencies in Rome via its diplomatic representation, following the recommendations of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa in 2004, in Johannesburg.

Adopting Portuguese as a working language was seen as fair by the Regional Conference given the weight of Portuguese-speaking countries in the organization’s work and the importance that the organization would have in the development and expansion of the Portuguese language in the world.

At the 33rd summit of the FAO, Angola was represented by Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER), Gilberto Lutucuta, Angola’s Ambassador to Italy, Manuel Pedro Pacavira, as well as high-ranking MINADER officials. (macauhub)