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Second Session – Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries

31 January - 1 February 2019

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 recent years, IUU fishing has 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 the Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries, which promotes, facilitates and supports the implementation of sustainable fisheries standards on a global scale, particularly the Fisheries Language for Universal Exchange (UN/FLUX).

The second session of the Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries is scheduled to take place in Geneva from 31 January – 1 February 2019. Participation in this session will be a key opportunity to be involved in ongoing work and setting the Team’s future agenda.

The UNECE Secretariat welcomes key stakeholders from all United Nations Member States to work closely to support the development, enhancement and maintenance of sustainable fishery management practices. As the UN/FLUX standard is adopted by more and more countries, the Team of Specialists is playing a growing role in the fight against IUU.

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.


Those who wish to participate in the meeting are advised to register online.


  • For registration: 29 January 2019
  • For visa request: 10 January 2019

Where to pick up your UN Badge when you arrive on the first day?

In order to enter the Palais des Nations, kindly pick up your entry badge on Thursday morning at the UN Accreditation/Security Building located at Pregny Gate on the Route de Pregny (Bus Stop APPIA). The UN Pregny Gate Security opens at 8:00 am and we strongly encourage you to arrive at least one hour before the start of the Forum as there can be long queues at the security check.

Please consult the Brochure on the new security measures to access the Palais des Nations.

Please see map of UNOG Open Access (7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) through doors C6, A15, A17 and E40.

Participants who need a visa are strongly advised to apply as early as possible

Please refer to updated information about Swiss Embassies abroad.

Direct links are provided here to two documents containing visa information provided by the Swiss Federal Office for Migration website.

Further information can be found on this site at:  http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise/merkblatt_einreise.html


Participants are advised to book their accommodation early. Some of the hotels listed may apply United Nations preferential rates.
Some participants have preferred to stay in neighbouring France due to cheaper accommodation costs. There are usually good public transport connections to Palais des Nations. See pages 11 and 12 of the list below for recommendations.

Item 1. Adoption of the agenda
ToSSF/2019/INF.1 - Draft Agenda

Item 2. Overview of recent relevant developments

Item 3. Progress on Programme of Work
ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2018/22 - Programme of Work
ToSSF/2019/INF.2 - Progress report on the Programme of work: 2018-2019

Item 4. Implementation and documentation
ToSSF/2019/INF.3 - Template for the development of case studies on UN/FLUX implementation

Item 5. Reports from experts
ToSSF/2019/INF.4 - briefing note on the use of UN/FLUX in combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing
ToSSF/2019/INF.5 - briefing note on the relationship between UN/FLUX and fisheries subsidies 
ToSSF/2019/INF.6 - draft template for a UN/FLUX implementation document
ToSSF/2019/INF.7 - overview of interaction between UN/FLUX and FOCUS 
ToSSF/2019/INF.8 - report on the development of communication materials

Item 6. Planning of future activities
ToSSF/2019/INF.9 - Proposals for future work

Item 7. Other business

Item 8. Adoption of the decisions and draft report
ToSSF/2019/INF.10 - Draft Report

Opening and Introduction

Ms. Olga Algayerova
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

H.E. Sek Wannamethee
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva

Mr. Frans van Diepen
Chair of the Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries
Consultant for The Netherlands’ National Service for Enterprises

Overview of Recent Developments

Mr. Sajal Mathur
Counsellor, Trade and Environment Division, WTO

Mr. David Vivas Eugui
Legal Officer, Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, UNCTAD

Ms. Lorenza Jachia
Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Mr. Michele Ameri
Law of the Sea/Ocean Affairs Officer, United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea

Ms. Alicia Mosteiro
FAO Fishery Officer and Programme Coordinator for the Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels 

Implementation and Documentation

Dr. Sak Segkhoonthod
President and CEO of Thailand’s Digital Government Agency

Reports from Experts

Mr. Frans van Diepen
Chair of the Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries
Consultant for The Netherlands’ National Service for Enterprises

Mr. Maris Berzins
Policy Officer, DG MARE Data Management Unit, European Commission

Mr Wim van Koningsveld (TBC)
Senior Regulation Officer, The Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate

Ms. Marjoleine Karper
Fishery Regulation Officer, The Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate

Ms. Maria Teresa Pisani
Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Free travel from the airport
Effective January 2008, free tickets for public transport  (TPG) is available from a machine in the baggage collection area (on the left hand side just before passing customs) at Geneva International Airport (Information GIA). This Unireso ticket allows you free use of public transport in Geneva for a period of 80 minutes. In the event of a ticket inspection on the Transports Publics Genevois (TPG) , CFF (Swiss Railways) or Mouettes Genevoises (municipal ferries), anyone holding this type of ticket may be asked to show their airline ticket. If you are staying at a hotel, youth hostel or campsite, the establishment will offer you a “Geneva Transport Card”, which allows you to use public transport in Geneva free of charge during the period of your stay. (More information is available from Genève Tourisme or the establishment concerned.)

Public transport (transports publics genevois)
In Geneva, public-transport tickets (TPG) must be purchased prior to boarding a tram, bus or ferry. Ticket machines are available at most stops. Travel cards or passes can be purchased at the main TPG centres (Rive, Cornavin and Bachet de Pesay) and at newsstands. Please note tickets are not available on the bus itself.

Taxis are readily available from the airport. They are metered, so costs will vary, but the journey from the airport into the city centre will usually cost around CHF 30. The following direct telephone number will ensure arrival within minutes: 022 331 41 33. A taxi stand is located on rue Varembé

Transport to the venue (Palais des Nations)

Public transport from Geneva International Airport to the Palais des Nations

  • Bus n°5 : Bus stop "Nations"
  • Bus n°28 : Bus stop “Appia” or "Nations"

Public transport from Cornavin main railway station :

  • Bus n°5 : Bus stop "Nations"
  • Bus n°8 : Bus stop "Nations" or “Appia”
  • Tramway n°15 : Stop "Nations"

Access to the Public Transport website


Ms. Maria Teresa Pisani 
Secretary of the Team of Specialist on Sustainable Fisheries UNECE

Ms. Helen Ross 
Associate Information Management Officer

Ms. Amelia Delle Foglie