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First Meeting – Sustainable Fisheries Team of Specialists

29 - 30 January 2018

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.



Agenda will be available soon.

Mandate and Terms of Reference of the Sustainable Fisheries Team of Specialists
Briefing note on the contribution of UN/CEFACT to UN Sustainable Goal 14 
FLUX Brochure
UNECE-UN/CEFACT Commitment on Sustainable Fishery ManagementPDF


Deadline for registration: 20 January 2018     for visa request: 31 December 2017 

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.

Map of the Palais des Nations

Security measures - Strengthening access controls to the Palais des Nations

Users of the Palais des Nations are kindly informed that starting 1 February 2017, access to the Palais will be made more secure and most of the doors will be controlled by a centralized access security system and can only be opened by means of a magnetic United Nations grounds pass issued to authorized users. Only four doors (C-6, A-15, A-17 and E-40) will be accessible without a magnetic grounds pass from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during working days to enable access to visitors and conference participants. Users can also exit the Palais through these four doors after 7:00 p.m.

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, 

Delegates and participants, who need to apply for a Schengen visa are requested to contact the Swiss Embassy in their home country.

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

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

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.


Ms. Maria Teresa Pisani
Acting Chief
Sustainable Trade and Outreach

Ms. Helen Ross
Associate Information Management Officer

Mrs. Aruna Vivekanantham