23 June 1975, Rome, Italy - Sitting at rostrum from left to right: Deputy Executive Director of WFC, Sartaj Aziz; FAO Director-General, Dr. Addeke H. Boerma; WFC Executive Director, John Hannah; WFC 1st session President, Sayed A. Marei, WFC Secretary , Edward Omotoso,??gal Adviser Mr. P. Contini; Deputy Executive Director of the WFC, Nathan Koffsky; Rapporteur - member of the UK delegation selected as rapporteur for the first two days of the session.
The first session of the newly formed United Nations World Food Council was held here, today, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The Council, nominated by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and elected by the UN General Assembly, consists of 36 member nations. It was designed to coordinate all efforts to meet the world's increasing food needs and to mobilize the political will manifested by the Governments at last November's World Food Conference in Rome. Dr. John A. Hannah, a Deputy Secretary-General of the Rome Conference and former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, was appointed early in the year as the WFC's first Executive Director.