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1. The Committee on Fisheries held its Fifteenth Session in Rome from 10 to 19 October 1983. The Session constituted the Technical Phase of the FAO World Conference on Fisheries Management and Development. It was attended by 93 members of the Committee, by observers from 22 other FAO Member Nations, six non-Member Nations of FAO and the Holy See, by representatives of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the International Labour Organization, the World Bank and the European Economic Community and by observers from 19 other international organizations.

2. The list of delegates and observers is given in Appendix B to this report.

3. The Session was opened by Mr. Norbert Odero (Kenya), Chairman of the Fourteenth Session of the Committee. After his welcoming remarks, Mr. Odero invited Mr. Edouard Saouma, Director-General of FAO, to deliver his keynote address to the Committee. The Director-General's keynote address is reproduced in Appendix D to this report.

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