Tuesday, October 3, 2023




Associated Country Women of the World


Founded in 1929 to raise awareness if issues facing rural women and work to improve their living conditions. ACWW connects rural and non-rural women and their communities worldwide through a network of Member Societies and Individual Members. ACWW is committed to raising the health and standard of living of rural women and their families. ACWW is non-sectarian, non-political and forward looking.

In 2021 the ACWW is connected only by FB and mail (no representative)

BPW Business and Professional Women (International Federation)


Founded in 1930, BPW has become one of the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in almost 100 countries in 5 continents. Aims: develop professional and Leadership potential for women at all levels, contribute at local, national and international level, offering personal development programs (mentoring, leadership and business training). Ambition: Equal participation of women and men in Power and Decision-making roles.

International President: 2021-2024 Catherine Bossarth, Switzerland

International Past President: 2017-2020 Amany Asfour, Egypt at present  President of African Business Council

International VPresident UN Committee 2021-2024: Chularat Israngkool Na Ayutthaya, Thailand

Representative to FAO:

Cristina Gorajski Visconti, Italy (visconti.cristinagorajski@gmail.com) Italian-Polish and Argentinian background. She’s an experienced analyst of latin-american socio economic projects. Member of Business and Professional Women Association (BPW) Italy from 1988, she is serving in her Club of Ancona-Riviera del Conero and also at regional level. Member of the UN Committee of BPW International, she is the BPW Representative to FAO since 2008, and Coordinator of the Group of International NGOS in Rome from 2010, with regular presence during Conferences and Events related to UN-agencies system. She has prepared papers and documents for Women entrepreneurship debates and attended international BPW congresses since 2008. She was appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in 2010. Chair Standing Committee Agriculture 2021-2024.

Federation Internationale des Femmes des carrières juridiques


The International Federation of Women in Legal Careers/Fédération Internationale des Femmes de Carrières Juridiques (FIFCJ – IFWLC) founded in Paris in 1928. AIM: fighting for the eradication of all forms of discrimination against women and promoting their Human Rights. Since 1961, FIFCJ has consultative status with the United Nations Economical and Social Council (ECOSOC) Collaborates with FAO, ILO, UNESCO and UNICEF.

President elected is Osvalda Joana, Mozambique

Past President: Maria Elena Elverdin, Argentina 

Representative to FAO:

Luciana Delfini, Italy (delfini.lex@gmail.com)

IAW International Alliance of Women


IAW is an international NGO founded in 1902 in Berlin. Nowadays established in Geneva (CH), comprising 41 member organizations involved in the promotion of women’s human rights, of equality and of the empowerment of women. The IAW has general consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council and is accredited to many specialized UN agencies, has participatory status with the Council of Europe and is represented at the Arab League, the African Union and other international organizations. – Actual Projects: please consult our website! 

IAW PRESIDENT: Marion Böker (Germany)


IAW SECRETARY GENERAL: Camilla Wagner (Sweden)

Delegation to the international institutions in Rome (FAO, CFS, WFP, IFAD): 

Valeria Mangani, Italy (ceo@valeriamanganicompany.com) Main Representative  Since 2019 she is, in that capacity accredited to F.A.O. for the CSM-Civil Society Mechanism and CFS-Committee on Food Security, as well as IFAD and WFP-World Food Programme.  Dr. Mangani is a best-seller author in the field of ecology and sustainability, publishing ten books over twenty years for the Nature&Health series. She sits at the National Table for Fashion at the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, representing sustainable fashion. The same for Lazio Region, nominated by the Governor himself. She is the President of the SUSTAINABLE FASHION INNOVATION SOCIETY (SFIS), the largest European community of sustainable fashion and design, with more than 2,000 registered brands (free of charge). The Sustainable Fashion Innovation Society is a centre for the production of knowledge on issues related to Sustainability, proposing itself as a privileged interlocutor of the public administration, local authorities, industry, dedicated finance and various players operating in relevant industries. As President of the largest Italian sustainable fashion community, she proposed various Bills and Parliamentary Motions for sustainable and circular fashion. The mission of the Sustainable Fashion Innovation Society is to create advocacy for the promotion of the circular economy and good practices at the level of the production chain; as well as making consumers aware of the choice of a fashion free of polluting agents and processes for the planet, in line with the SDG of the UN Agenda 2030. Since 2019, the Society annually gives life to the PHYGITAL SUSTAINABILITY EXPO®, the first event in Italy exclusively dedicated to the eco-sustainable transition of the fashion and design system, which is held annually at the Museum of the Imperial Forum in Rome. A real marketplace aimed at creating an important platform where stakeholders, brands, buyers, creatives, technologists, start-ups and media can network to accelerate the change in the country.

Jessika Kehl, Switzerland (ojekehl@bluewin.ch) Additional Representative Introduced at the IAW Congress 1996 in New Delhi as the new main representative to Geneva, Jessika Kehl-Lauff (jkl) built up an IAW-team in Geneva serving Human Rights, ILO, UNCTAD, WTO and ECE. She was twice a board member of the Conference of NGOs (CONGO), a vice-president of the NGO Committee on Human Rights and a friend of the CSW Geneva till 2010. Jkl organized IAW meetings in 2009 in Heiden/CH and 2014 in Sion/CH. In 2015 she became IAW representative to the international institutions in Rome.

Filomena Cusano, Italy Additional Representative

Delfina Panfili, Italy Additional Representative

International Catholic Rural Association


The International Catholic rural Association ICRA was founded in 1962 by Associations and Organizations both secular and religious, operating in rural world. All ICRA associations  are engaged in supporting policies for rural communities and family farms,  strengthening and expanding domestic anti-hunger programs. They promote conservation and stewardship of land, ensure safe living and working conditions for farmers in developing countries and provide food security aid efficiently and effectively to hungry people worldwide. ICRA is committed to urge comparison with themes of the Social Doctrine of the Church and with debating Fight against Hunger and the Agenda 2030  at FAO, during CFS (Food Security Committee).  ICRA is Member of the Ad Hoc Group of INGOs  and the Forum of the  Catholic inspirated NGOs  at the Roman Pole of UN Agencies.

International President: James Ennis, USA – National Catholic Rural Life Conference NCRLC

General Secretary: Vincenzo Conso, Italy – Italian Agricultural Environmental & Industrial Federation-FAI-CISL. He serves also as Coordinator of the Forum of Catholic inspired NGOs – Rome

Representative to FAO:

Marco Foschini, Italy – National Confederation of COLDIRETTI

International Congregations of Religious


A recently created Association of member religious congregations, both of men and women congregations, with own management and organizational structure. Through their representatives, Individual Congregations gather information about the work and projects of FAO, with special reference and emphasis on the CFS = the Committee on World Food Security. Their common understanding is that they will search out NGOs, civil society organizations and movements in the countries and areas where their members are present, to cooperate in the areas of food and nutrition security.

Representatives to FAO:

Kenneth Thesing M.M., Sebastian Apete, Congo

International Council of Women


ICW has, for some 130 years, been at the epicenter of the global women’s movement, playing a key role advancing women’s tights in virtually every corner of the world. The concerted effort over the past 3 years, working well with other women’s NGOs, sharing experiences and understandings, had allowed to make tangible progress toward true gender equality and the empowerment of women. 2018: the 35th Gen. Assembly scheduled in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in September.

International President: Jungsook Kim

Representative to FAO:

Nanda Nobile, Italy (nanda.nobile@hotmail.com) Appointed as ICW Permanent Representative to FAO on April 13, 2012 • Professional background: 1970 Alitalia Flight Assistant • 1973 Employee as translator at the Embassy of Tanzania • 1974 Messenger at FAO • 1978 Employee as translator at Johnson&Johnson • 1980 Account Manager at Aeroporti di Roma ICT and ADRTel (ADR Telecommunications Company) • 2010 Management Assistant at American Value Tour for the medical conventions around the world • 2013-2016 IAAHM (Italian Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition) Coordinator.


International Council of Catholic Men


International network of catholic organizations connected with International catholic NGOs based in Rome.

President: Seamus McDonald, Ireland

Vice President: Diamond Ovueraye, Nigeria

Vice President and Representative to FAO:

Avv. Francesco Campagna, Italy (avv.campagna@gmail.com)


Secretary General: Gerald Harbinson, Ireland

Treasurer: Paul Okelo Odwori, Kenya

Ecclesiastical Assistant: Fr Andreas Jakober, Austria

Lions Clubs International


Founded in 1917. When caring people join together, roll up their sleeves and take action to make their community better, it’s a beautiful thing—and an incredible feeling for everyone involved. That’s Lions. Being a Lion is about leading by example, building relationships and improving the world through kindness. It’s 1.4 million caring men and women serving together so they can make a lasting impact and change more lives.

VISION STATEMENT: To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

MISSION STATEMENT: To empower Lions clubs, volunteers and partners to improve health and well-being, strengthen communities, and support those in need through humanitarian service and grants that impact lives globally, and encourage peace and international understanding.

International President 2022/2023: Brian Sheehan – Bird Island, Minnesota, United States od America

Representative to FAO:

Roberto Fresia, Italy (roberto@robertofresia.org) He has been a member of the association for nearly 60 years, since 1963 as son of Lions, since 1972 as Leo and since 1978 as Lion. He has experience in all areas, 19 years dedicated to YOUTH (YEC, Camp Director, Multiple District Commission Chairperson), District Governor in 2000/2001, 18 years dedicated to Africa where he has been in 12 states to support Service (water wells, schools, hospitals, etc.). He designed and inaugurated 20 tsunami houses in Sri Lanka in 2007. He was involved with LCIF for 10 years, as District Coordinator, as Sector Coordinator during Sight First II Campaign and then as Coordinator for Italy, Malta, San Marino and Vatican City. He was a member of the International Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015 and today,in addition to being the representative to FAO, he is the LCIF Area Leader in Europe of the Group F (Italy, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta and San Marino) and Special Advisor to District 132 North Macedonia.

Religions for Peace


Founded in 1970. RfP is committed to leading efforts to advance effective multi-religious cooperation for Peace on global, regional, national and local levels. The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; national and regional inter-religious bodies, the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Youth

Secretary General: William Vendley, USA

Representatives to FAO:

Lia Beltrami Giovanazzi, Italy (lia.gbeltrami@gmail.com) Filmmaker on social issues, she directed 40 documentaries all over the world; she won several awards for her films and she has received the Golden Lion for Peace 2017 in Venice. Lia is appointed as Representative of Religions for Peace at FAO – UN. She was the artistic director at Vatican Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015, which was awarded as the Pavilion which best developed the theme and she was the artistic director for the photographic exhibition in Expo Astana 2017, Kazakhstan. In 1997 she founded Religion Today Film Festival, the first festival about inter-religious dialogue. She founded the group Women of Faith for Peace in Jerusalem. She wrote 5 books; at present is the CEO of the production company Aurora Vision, and advisor for several film festivals in Asia and Africa.

Adalberta Bernardini, Italy (adalbertabernardini@gmail.com) Member of Religions for Peace since 1999, appointed Representative of RfP to FAO in Rome (2004-2018). At present, Coordinator of Religions for Peace for Italian Women of Faith Network (IWFN) in Rome. Member of the Italian Network Anne Lindh Foundation – Euromed. In 2005 she founded the International Foundation for Intercultural and Interreligious Education”, based in Rome. Graduations: Ph.D. in Oriental Studies at the University of Naples, Italy (1998). Master in Arabic Language and Literature at the University “Cà Foscari” of Venice (1972)



International Association bringing together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Rotary International President 2019-2020 Mark D. Maloney, USA

Representatives to FAO in Rome:

Alberto Cecchini, Italy (a.cecchini@mclink.it)



Guido Franceschetti, Italy (guido@franceschetti.eu)

Soroptimist International


Founded in 1921 SI is a global volunteer movement with a network of club members in 122 countries, working together to transform the lives of women and girls: at a local, national and international level.

Vision: women and girls will achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice. Tools: Educate, Empower and Enable opportunities for women and girls: Women Water and Leadership.

SI President 2020-2021 Sharon Fisher (Canada) 

Representative to FAO:

Prof. Liliana Mosca, Italy (moscaliliana@gmail.com) Nov 2016 – Feb 2020: Adjunct Professor of History and Institutions of Contemporary Africa, Department of Political Science, University of Naples Federico II • Nov 2000 – 31 Oct 2016: Full Professor of History and Institutions of African and Asian Countries, Department of Political Science, University of Naples Federico II • Oct 1997 – Jun 2001: II World Bank Project (CRESED II): Italian Representative at the International Commission for management control of development funds in support of universities in the Republic of Madagascar (FDES), II World Bank Project (CRESED II) • Oct 2018 – Dec 2018; Oct 2013 – Dec 2013 and Oct 2012 – Dec 2002: European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Madagascar Short Term Observer • 2015 to date: full member of the Section of Moral and Political Sciences of the Malagasy National Academy • 2015 to date: Soroptimist International Representative to the U.N.Rome • 2010: France Republic: awarded with the Médaille d’or du Mérite Francophone • 2010: Malagasy Republic: Officer of the Malagasy National Order • 2008: Exequatur as Honorary Consul of the Malagasy Republic in Naples • 2006 to date: President of non-profit APM: Association Pro Madagascar Manjakasoa • 2002: Malagasy Republic: Knight of the Malagasy National Order

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom


The International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) advocates for Peace, Human rights, Economic justice, Disarmament, and the Dignity of people all over the world. Established in 1915, held Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC, UNCTAD and UNESCO and Special Consultative Relations with FAO, ILO, UNICEF

International President: Joy Ada Onyesoh

Representatives to FAO:

Sabrina Aguiari, Italy (sabrina.aguiari@gmail.com) PhD – independent researcher and evaluator


Anita Fisicaro, Italy (anita023@gmail.com)


Lois Herman (mosie@infionline.net)

World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization


Wucwo was founded in 1910 and now represents almost 100 Catholic women’s organisations worldwide, active in around 60 countries including all continents and some island states, counting on more than eight (8) million Catholic women.

President General Maria L. Zervino, Italy (wucwopregen@gmail.com)

Representatives to FAO:

Alessia Troni – M.Teresa Vaccari ✝2019

Maria Angela Giorgi Cittadini, Italy Graduated in Pedagogy at Università La Sapienza in Rome;  in 1971 cooperated with University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on Pedagogy researches. Member of Wucwo since 1986;  Member of the Centro Italiano Femminile  since 1989. From 1995 to November 200 she was Responsible of ECO (Experience Cooperation Opportunities) a large project for Vocational training and creation of Women business opportunities,  involving 26 European national organizations.

At the end of 2018 The IAAE International Association of Agricultural Economists cancelled their Representation; Prof.Margaret Loseby continues as expert.


Caritas Internationalis

Federation Internationale des Femmes des carrières  jurisdiques

Associated Country Women of the World

International Alliance of Women

International Catholic Rural Association
International Congregations Religious
www.jpicroma.org # ICR at FAO Working Group

International Council of Women

International Council of Catholic Men

International Federation of Business and Professional Women

Lions Clubs International

Religions for Peace


Soroptimist International

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization


16 Catholic developmentorganisations from Europe & North America


International anti-poverty agency

International Association of Agricultural Economics

International Federation For Home Economics

International Confederation of Free Trade Unions

International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage

International Union of Families Organization

International Movements of Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth

International Union of Latin Notaries

World Organization of the Scout Movement

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts