Global Virtual Launch of the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022

Rome, 19/11/2021 19/11/2021

Launch of the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022

Virtual event: Friday, 19 November 2021-13:00-15:00 CET.
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About the event:

In 2017, the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2022 as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022), with the FAO serving as the lead agency, in collaboration with other relevant organizations and bodies of the United Nations system1. IYAFA 2022 will be an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture, including women and youth; to share the current and potential contributions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and highlight related innovation; and to build and strengthen related support and partnerships at all levels. It is also an important opportunity to advance the implementation of relevant normative instruments, such as the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication.

The objectives of IYAFA 2022 are to:

  • Enhance global awareness about, understanding of, and action to support the contribution of small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture to sustainable development, and more specifically in relation to food security and nutrition, poverty eradication and the use of natural resources.
  • Promote dialogue and collaboration between and among small-scale artisanal fishers, fish farmers, fish workers, governments, and other key partners along the value chain, as well as to further strengthen their capacity to enhance sustainability in fisheries and aquaculture and to enhance their social development and well-being.

Purpose of the launch

The launch takes place on 19 November to pay tribute and link to the currently informal World Fisheries Day, celebrated around the world on 21 November. The launch is an opportunity to inform about the goals and objectives of IYAFA 2022 and to inspire action-oriented celebrations throughout the year.

The launch will also provide the frame for the the award ceremony for the 2020 Margarita Lizarraga Medal.

Interpretation in all six FAO languages will be provided and the audience will be able to engage through the webinar chat function.

Programme is available here:

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