Statement made by Samuel Godefroy at the opening of the morning session of Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 – during the 37th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission:
I would like to renew my congratulations to Ms. Awilo Ochieng Pernet for having been elected Chair of the Codex Alimentarius Commission with such a broad level of support from Commission members.
I would like to wish her all the success in leading our deliberations and in advancing the mandate and upholding the principles of Codex.
I would like to acknowledge and thank our current Chair, Sanjay Dave, for his leadership and for his wise guidance to all three of us, Ms. Ochieng-Pernet, Professor Sefa Dede and myself, during our tenure as Vice-Chairs of Codex.
I would like to add two words of acknowledgement:
– I would like to acknowledge the commitment of the Government of Canada to the Codex Alimentarius Commission, for presenting and supporting my candidacy to seek the position of Chair of the Commission.
– I would also like to acknowledge our small, but ever so entrepreneurial campaign team for their support to me, in shaping a vision and proposal for Codex. I would like to thank you all, members of the Commission for the way you responded to this proposal and for enriching this vision with your views and suggestions.
I was very much humbled by your expressions of support and your kind encouragement to me, during the campaign and after the announcement of the election results. I know that through this experience, I have gained and strengthened many friendships among our Codex family, and for that I am so grateful.
Thank you again.