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Third Session – Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries

4 February 2020

Room IV, 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 third session of the Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries is scheduled to take place in Geneva on 4th February 2020. 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.


On-line registration to the third session of the Team of Specialist on Sustainable Fisheries is open now.

Deadline for visa support letter: 13 January 2020.

Entering the Palais des Nations

To attend UNECE meetings at the Palais des Nations, you must register in advance online on the relevant conference/meeting's webpage. 

Delegates enter the Palais through the Pregny Gate (Portail Pregny - see map) entrance, which faces the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters on the Route de Pregny. In order to obtain your identity badge from the Security Services, you will be asked to present a valid passport or a national identity card - the name must match the information provided on the registration form.  Your badge is strictly for your own personal use. Please note that delays are common and delegates must often to wait in the open air.

Security measures

Since 1 February 2017, security measures have been reinforced at the Palais des Nations. Once in the compound, only four doors are freely accessible (C-6, A-15, A-17 and E-40) during working hours. The UN/ECFACT Forum will be taking place in building E, accessible through door E-40.

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.

Personal luggage*

You may bring into the Palais only the type of luggage that is normally considered as carry-on luggage by airline companies e.g. computer bags, rucksacks and hand bags. Should you have large luggage, after you have received your identity badge, the luggage will be stored for you by the Security Service if sufficient space is available.

*Disclaimer: The United Nations Office at Geneva declines all responsibility for any luggage stored. All pieces of luggage found unattended may be impounded and disposed of by the Security Services. Any costs related to the latter action may be charged to the owner of the luggage.


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 in Geneva 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 to the Forum are advised to book their accommodation early. Some of the hotels listed may apply United Nations preferential rates.


Item 1: Adoption of the agenda
Draft Agenda - ToSSF/2020/INF.1 (last updated: 16 January 2020)

Item 2: Progress on Programme of Work
Programme of Work - ToSSF/2020/INF.2
Progress report on the programme of work -  ToSSF/2020/INF.3

Item 3: Implementation and documentation
Presentation of supporting documents to promote FLUX and support stakeholders in the implementation of the standard

Item 4: Reports from institutions and experts
Presentations will be received from organizations such as CITES, EU, DG Mare, FAO, ILO, NEAFC, UNCTAD, WTO, WWF

Item 5: Planning of future activities

Item 6: Other business

Item 7: Adoption of the decisions and draft report
Draft report - ToSSF/2020/INF.4

Mr. Markus Pikart 
Secretary of the Team of Specialist on Sustainable Fisheries

Mrs. Aruna Vivekanantham