October 28, 1998
I write on behalf of the Chairs of the sixteen international agricultural research centers of the CGIAR. We have learned recently of your formal candidacy for the Director-Generalship of UNESCO, and you will be pleased, I believe, to learn of our mixed reactions to that news: delight at the skills and leadership that you could bring to UNESCO, but despair at the prospect that you might leave the CGIAR!
We want you to know of the extraordinarily high regard that we have for you. We wish you much success in your candidacy, and we thought that those contemplating your selection at UNESCO might be interested in our specific experience in working with you.
We have seen your extraordinary leadership at the World Bank and within the CGIAR. Specifically, we have applauded:
We thus wish to record our admiration for you, why we have enjoyed working with you, and why we believe you would be a superb Director General for UNESCO. We wish you much success with your candidacy.
Walter P. Falcon
Farnsworth Professor of International Economics
Stanford University; and
Chair, CIMMYT; and
Chair, Committee of Board Chairs