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Report of the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group established by the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, Oslo, Norway, 1–2 June 2017

15/08/2017 FAO

This document contains the report of the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group (Part 6 Working Group) established by the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, held in Oslo, Norway, from 1 to 2 June 2017.

The Part 6 Working Group discussed the main requirements and priorities of developing States in the implementation of the Agreement and recommended that support should consider legal and policy aspects, institutional set-up and capacity, and operations and procedures.

It recognized that assistance should be tailored to accommodate the specific needs of countries and regions, and highlighted the importance of linking individual and institutional capacity building. The important support that existing regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) mechanisms can provide in delivering assistance to developing States Parties was recognized.

The Part 6 Working Group agreed on draft Terms of Reference for the funding mechanisms to assist developing States Parties to be considered by the Parties at their next meeting. It was agreed that funding mechanisms shall include contribution schemes toward an Assistance Fund, including for projects in support of the implementation of the Agreement. The important linkage between activities supported by the Assistance Fund and FAO’s global capacity development programme in support of the Agreement and complementary instruments was emphasized.

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