- At the invitation of FAO's Director-General, Ministers responsible for fisheries met in Rome as a sign of their attachment to the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. Inter alia, the Ministers were especially appreciative of FAO's role in promoting the application of the Code of Conduct and the increasingly wide adoption of the Code by States and concerned organizations. The Rome Declaration on the Implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, unanimously adopted by the FAO Ministerial Meeting, was attended by 126 Members of the Organization.
- FAO has been widely disseminating the Code in various languages and is actively promoting its implementation. The Code has been published by FAO in Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish. In addition, FAO has been advised that, in a number of instances, governments, industry or NGOs have taken the initiative to translate the Code into other languages. The Code is now availbale in more languages than any other FAO document.
- The promotion and implementation of the Code is being addressed at all sessions of FAO fishery bodies. FAO regards the implementation of the Code and the strengthening of regional fishery bodies as being intrinsically linked.
- Resolution 4/95 of the FAO Conference, recalling Article 5 of the Code, urged that the special requirements of developing countries be taken into account in implementing its provisions. It also requested that FAO elaborate an inter-regional assistance programme for external assistance. The purpose of this programme would be to upgrade the fisheries capabilities of developing countries so that they would be better placed to meet their obligations under the Code. The Interregional Programme of Assistance to Developing Countries for the Implementation of the Code of Conduct (FISHCODE) includes several component projects.