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Wrap-up of the sixteenth session of FAO’s COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade

The Republic of Korea’s second largest city, Busan, played host to FAO’s sixteenth session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade during the week of 4-8 September 2017. The COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade has been meeting every two years, beginning in 1986. [more]

Sixteenth session of FAO’s COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade opens today in Republic of Korea

Today in Busan, Republic of Korea, the sixteenth session of FAO’s COFI Sub-committee on Fish Trade (COFI-FT) opened. Fish is one of the most widely traded food commodities in the world, estimated at a value of 143 billion USD in 2016. And developing countries play an increasingly important role in fish trade. In 1976, developing countries accounted for only 37% of world fisheries trade (based on volume), while today developing countries supply a full 60% of the fish traded annually. [more]

Innovative Ocean financing: Seychelles Blue Bonds

On Friday, during the 40th session of the FAO Conference, there will be Conference side event entitled Blue Ocean, Blue Growth: People, Resources, Innovation. That event takes place on Friday, 7 July 15:00-16:30 CET, and will review FAO’s participation in the recent UN Ocean Conference, before exploring innovative approaches to Blue Growth aimed at harnessing ocean resources to promote economic growth for coastal communities. [more]

Marking Ocean Day at the #SaveourOcean Conference

Thursday morning in New York was dedicated to celebrating World Oceans Day, which takes place each 8 June. As UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson noted, the celebrations taking place this year during the UN Ocean Conference also celebrated our awareness of the need to “right the wrongs” we have done to the ocean. Speaking in plenary, Thomspon announced that more than 1 000 voluntary commitments were submitted, and called the conference a turning point towards protecting the ocean. [more]

Lighting FAO blue to mark World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day was an idea that arose at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and was adopted by a United Nations General Assembly Resolution in 2008. It is celebrated each year on 8 June, and this year’s theme is “Our oceans, Our future.” This year’s theme is apt, since our joint oceans and their future has been on the agenda all week at the UN Ocean Conference (#SaveourOcean) taking place in New York. [more]

Half-way through #SaveourOcean Conference

Wednesday marked the half-way point to the week dedicated to oceans in New York, at the UN Ocean Conference (#SaveourOcean). FAO has been active at this important event throughout the week. If you’re not in New York for the event (and even if you are, but simply can’t keep up with the 100+ events taking place this week), you can see our wrap-ups of Day 1 and Day 2. [more]

Day 2: FAO at the #SaveourOcean Conference

The FAO delegation in New York and its partners are active in a series of events at FAO Headquarters related to the United Nations Ocean Conference (#SaveourOcean). With over 100 side events and FAO involvement or co-organization in over twenty-five of those, New York days are long and hectic, but it couldn’t be otherwise for those working in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. The events taking place, the discussion they generate, the wide range of partners with their broad geographical perspective and the commitment they bring to the table about working together to help countries achieve the objectives of SDG 14 help to keep the energy levels high for the FAO delegation during their stay in the City that Never Sleeps. [more]

FAO in New York as the #SaveourOcean Conference kicks off

The UN Ocean Conference (#SaveourOcean) opened Monday, 5 June in New York. High-level member state representatives and UN officials addressed the gathering. Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, and Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, were elected as Conference Co-Presidents. [more]

Collaborating on Port State Measures in the fjords of Norway

The First Meeting of the Parties of FAO’s Port State Measures may have come to a close yesterday, but the work continues in Oslo this week as the First meeting of the ad hoc Working Group to be established under Article 21 of the Port State Measures opens today. During the 29-31 May Olso meeting, the Parties to the Port State Measures Agreement provided clear guidance on the way forward for a smooth implementation of the Agreement. [more]

Oslo hosts the First Meeting to the Parties of the FAO Port State Measures Agreement

The Norwegian capital plays host this week to the parties of the FAO Port State Measures Agreement to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported ad Unregulated Fishing. The world’s first treaty designed to combat illegal fishing went into effect almost one year ago – on 5 June 2016. It now has 46 parties to the Agreement – with the 28 member countries of the European Union counting as a single party. Japan and Montenegro will soon bring that number to 48, when they become full parties in mid-June. [more]
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