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XX. Resolution 18/97

A. Margarita Lizárraga medal


Recognizing the important contribution of fisheries to food security,

Reaffirming the Rome Declaration and the Plan of Action adopted at the World Food Summit held in Rome in November 1996,

Convinced of the important contribution of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries in the sustainable development and use of fishery resources,

Recalling the decisive role of Ms Margarita Lizárraga Saucedo in promoting the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries,

1. Decides to establish the "MARGARITA LIZÁRRAGA MEDAL", to be awarded biennially by the Conference upon the proposal of the Council to a person or organization that has served with distinction in the application of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries of FAO. The cost of the medal will be covered by income generated by a trust fund deposited from this date and to be administered by FAO,

2. Determines the following general conditions for the award of the Margarita Lizárraga Medal:

a) Nature of the recognition: the award will be in the form of a commemorative metallic metal which will be inscribed with the name of the person or organization selected,

b) Selection of the candidate: the award-winner will be chosen by a Committee made up of the bureau of the Fisheries Committee and the Assistant Director-General of the Fisheries Department, under the chairmanship of the Director-General. The Selection Committee will receive a list of candidates drawn up by the Fisheries Department of FAO on the basis of suggestions put forward by the Technical Divisions of FAO,

c) Presentation: the award will be presented by the Director-General as part of the proceedings of the Conference,

3. Pays tribute to Ms Margarita Lizárraga for her productive work in the field of fisheries for almost forty years, for her great dedication to FAO and for her strong commitment towards fostering the promotion of the fisheries sector, especially in the developing countries.

(Adopted on 17 November 1997)

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