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First Meeting – Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries

29 - 30 January 2018

Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

 

Overfishing and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) are destructive fishing practices that have a negative impact on sustainable fisheries, livelihoods, and world fish stocks. In 2016, illicit fishing accounted for a staggering 25% of fish of the annual ocean harvest, and was valued at up to $23 billion. This value is lost each year to legitimate fishers. In addition to economic damage, such practices threaten local biodiversity and food security in many countries. An essential step for an effective management of fish resources is the timely acquisition of information on vessels, stocks and catches as well as the exchange of such information between stakeholders.

To address this, UNECE established a Team of Specialists whose aim is to promote, facilitate and support the implementation of sustainable fisheries standards on a global scale, and particularly the Fisheries Language for Universal Exchange (FLUX).

The first meeting of the Sustainable Fishery Management Team of Specialists, is scheduled to take place in Geneva from 29-30 January 2018. Participation in this launch meeting will be a key opportunity to be involved from day one, setting the stage for future activities.

The UNECE Secretariat welcomes all key stakeholders to work closely to support the development, enhancement and maintenance of sustainable fishery management practices in a sustainable way and believes that this new Team of Specialists will play an important role in future developments.

The Team of Specialists is open to experts with the knowledge and experience to address its mandate, and should be drawn from governmental institutions, business, civil society, consumer organizations, and international organizations.

 

Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Monday, 29 January 2018
10:00 – 11:00 Opening of the Meeting
Olga Algayerova
Executive Secretary, UNECE

Elsbeth Akkerman
Deputy Permanent Representative and Minister Plenipotentiary to the WTO, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Frans van Diepen
UN/CEFACT’s Domain Coordinator for Agriculture
Election of the Chair, Alternate Chair and Vice-Chairs
UNECE secretariat
Adoption of the Agenda
Chair
Introduction of Experts/Tour de Table
11:00 – 13:00 Reports from Partner Organizations
David Vivas Eugui
Legal Officer, Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, UNCTAD
Marc Taconet
Head of Statistics and Information, Fishery and Aquaculture Department, FAO
Sajal Mathur
Counsellor, Trade and Environment Division, WTO
Anja von Moltke
Acting Head, Trade, Policy and Planning, UNEP
Alice Tipping
Programme Manager, Environment and Natural Resources, ICTSD
Maris Berzins
Policy Office, DG MARE Data Management Unit, European Commission
Country experiences
Romania: Elena Dumitru, Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of Romania
Brazil: Henrique Anatole Ramos, Head of the Coordination of Sustainable Use of Fishery Resources, Brazilian Ministry of Environment
Namibia and Uganda: Lorenza Jachia, Secretary, UNECE Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies
13:00 – 15:00Lunch break
15:00 – 16:00 Presentation of the draft Vision and Mission statements
Followed by discussion on the statement.
Outcome of this session
Acceptance of the final versions of the Vision and Mission statements
16:00 – 18:00 Presentation of the draft Programme of work for 2018-2019
Followed by discussion on the Programme
Outcome of this session:
Acceptance of the final version of the Programme of work for 2018-2019
 
  Tuesday, 30 January 2018
10:00 – 11:30 Discussion on the Programme of work for 2018-2019 (continued)
Outcome of this session:
Acceptance of the final version of the Programme of work for 2018-2019
11:30 – 12:30 Discussion on how to contribute to the Sustainable Fisheries Team of Specialists
12:30 – 13:00 Planning future activities based on the Programme of work for 2018-2019
13:00 – 13:30 Closure of the meeting
ENGFRE RUS
Agenda of the First session of the Team of Specialist on Sustainable FisheriesPDFPDFPDF
List of ParticipantsPDF
Mandate and Terms of Reference of the Sustainable Fisheries Team of Specialists
(ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2017/16/Rev1)
PDFPDFPDF
Vision and Mission Statements of the Team of Specialists on Sustainable FisheriesPDF
Programme of Work for 2018-2019 of the Team of Specialists on Sustainable FisheriesPDF
Report of the 1st Meeting of the UNECE Team of Specialists on Sustainable FisheriesPDF
UN/CEFACT FLUX BrochurePDF--
UNECE-UN/CEFACT Commitment on Sustainable Fishery ManagementLink
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Briefing note on the contribution of UN/CEFACT to UN Sustainable Goal 14 
(ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2016/18)
PDFPDFPDF
Implementing UN/CEFACT e-Business Standards
(see chapter 7, page 47)
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Introduction

  • Frans van Diepen, UN/CEFACT’s Domain Coordinator for Agriculture - FLUX Domain

Reports from Partner Organizations

Country Experiences

 

Ms. Maria Teresa Pisani
Secretary of the Team of Specialist on Sustainable Fisheries UNECE
maria-teresa.pisani@unece.org

Ms. Helen Ross
Associate Information Management Officer
helen.ross@unece.org

Mrs. Aruna Vivekanantham
aruna.vivekanatham@unece.org