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Fostering closer collaboration between Iceland and FAO Fisheries

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Marie Erla Marelsdottir, Director for Development at Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Árni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General of FAO's Fisheries and Aquaculture Department sign an MoU at FAO Headquarters.
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Celebrating the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between FAO and the Government of Iceland at FAO Headquarters.

 

Last week at FAO Headquarters, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and the Government of Iceland signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will strengthen their collaboration over various activities aimed at improving fisheries management and strengthening coastal communities.

This three-year agreement will last through 2022, and will specifically provide financial and technical support to strengthen joint activities aimed at achieving the objectives of SDG 14, including supporting with implementation of the FAO Port State Measures Agreement, reducing the quantity of discarded fishing gear in the oceans, and supporting FAO’s Blue Growth Initiative.

"Fisheries, the blue economy and healthy oceans are key areas for Iceland and for our development cooperation strategy, so we see this as a good way to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals," said Marie Erla Marelsdottir, Director for Development at Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, who signed the memorandum alongside fellow Icelander Árni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General of FAO's Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. 

Another interesting aspect of this cooperation is the planned collaboration working with small island developing states. “Island nations share many commonalities, despite seemingly vast differences in geography and stages of development,” according to Mathiesen. “Within our Blue Growth work, we are increasingly bringing island nations together to share their unique experiences, and to learn from one another’s challenges and success stories along the path to development. These discussions are excellent incubators for ideas and collaboration on activities across island nations. We are excited that Iceland is eager to expand its activities to help small island developing states better meet the multiple challenges they face.”

A small signing ceremony at FAO Headquarters brought together Marie Erla Marelsdottir, Director for Development at Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Stefán Jón Hafstein, the Permanent Representative of Iceland, and other Icelandic officials alongside the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture management team and technical officers working in areas identified for closer collaboration.

Cooperation has always been strong between Iceland and FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, but with this formalization of collaboration through the new Memorandum of Understanding provides more interesting opportunities for collaboration with work on various FAO activities with member countries aimed at strengthening their efforts to achieve SDG 14.

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture looks forward to our strengthened collaboration with Iceland on activities aimed at safeguarding our oceans while simultaneously supporting vibrant coastal communities around the world that depend on the resources from the sea for their food and nutrition security, employment and livelihoods.

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This three-year agreement will last through 2022, and will specifically provide financial and technical support to strengthen joint activities aimed at achieving the objectives of SDG 14.

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