IYAFA 2022 side event at UN Ocean Conference (UNOC)

Lisbon , 27/06/2022



Small in scale, big in value:

Stocktaking, partnerships, and solutions in support of small-scale fisheries.

A IYAFA 2022 event


Lisbon, 27 June 2022

12:30-13:45pm (CEST)

Side Event Room 1


Small-scale fishers, fish farmers and fish workers hold enormous potential to promote transformative changes in how, by whom and for whom fish and fishery products are produced, processed and distributed – with positive ripple effects felt throughout the global food system. 

The IYAFA 2022 UN Oceans side event will provide information to delegates to inform their deliberations on SDG 14.b in particular, but also on 14.4, while emphasizing interlinkages between Sustainable Development Goal 14 and other Goals towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It will provide an opportunity to leverage action on the occasion of the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 as a major milestone to achieving SDG 14.b and to ensure sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development that leaves no one behind.

This side event will take us on an inspiring journey across regions, told by fishers, fish workers, policy makers, and others on how to provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets.





Nicole Franz, Equitable Livelihoods team leader, FAO

Welcome remarks 

César Rodrigo Landa Arroyo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peru

Initial statements 

Annette Davidsen, Political Adviser for the Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Policy, Norway 

Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden 

Editrudith Lukanga, IPC Working Group on Fisheries, Tanzania

Resource stewards

Chief Gary Harrison, IPC Working Group on Fisheries, United States of America

Ridwan Mulyana, Director of Fisheries Resources Management, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia

Miguel Bernal, Senior Fishery Officer, General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM)

Value for all 

Margaret Nakato, IPC Working Group on Fisheries, Uganda 

Emmanuel Bulayi, Director of Fisheries Resources Development, Ministry of Livestock & Fisheries, Tanzania 

Shakuntala Thilsted, Value Chains & Nutrition Research Leader, WorldFish

Closing remarks

Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General, FAO



Organizing partners


Convened by Peru with 

  • FAO
  • Sweden
  • Norway

Members of the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA) 2022 International Steering Committee (ISC):

  • Indonesia – Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries 
  • Senegal – Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy
  • Tanzania – Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries
  • International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)
  • IPC Fisheries Working Group  

Official IYAFA 2022 supporters

  • Abalobi
  • African Confederation of Artisanal Fisheries Professional Organizations (CAOPA) 
  • Blue Ventures
  • China Blue Sustainability
  • Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI)
  • Community Conservation Research Network, Canada 
  • Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) 
  • Enaleia 
  • Global Action Network-Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition (GAN)
  • General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM)
  • German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
  • Gulf Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI)
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF)
  • Mundus maris 
  • Ocean Outcomes
  • One Ocean Hub
  • Sustainable Fisheries Initiative (SFI) 
  • United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN) 
  • University of the West Indies - Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES)
  • WorldFish