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Lighting FAO blue to mark World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day was an idea that arose at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and was adopted by a United Nations General Assembly Resolution in 2008. It is celebrated each year on 8 June, and this year’s theme is “Our oceans, Our future.” This year’s theme is apt, since our joint oceans and their future has been on the agenda all week at the UN Ocean Conference (#SaveourOcean) taking place in New York. [more]

Half-way through #SaveourOcean Conference

Wednesday marked the half-way point to the week dedicated to oceans in New York, at the UN Ocean Conference (#SaveourOcean). FAO has been active at this important event throughout the week. If you’re not in New York for the event (and even if you are, but simply can’t keep up with the 100+ events taking place this week), you can see our wrap-ups of Day 1 and Day 2. [more]

Day 2: FAO at the #SaveourOcean Conference

The FAO delegation in New York and its partners are active in a series of events at FAO Headquarters related to the United Nations Ocean Conference (#SaveourOcean). With over 100 side events and FAO involvement or co-organization in over twenty-five of those, New York days are long and hectic, but it couldn’t be otherwise for those working in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. The events taking place, the discussion they generate, the wide range of partners with their broad geographical perspective and the commitment they bring to the table about working together to help countries achieve the objectives of SDG 14 help to keep the energy levels high for the FAO delegation during their stay in the City that Never Sleeps. [more]

FAO in New York as the #SaveourOcean Conference kicks off

The UN Ocean Conference (#SaveourOcean) opened Monday, 5 June in New York. High-level member state representatives and UN officials addressed the gathering. Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, and Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, were elected as Conference Co-Presidents. [more]

Collaborating on Port State Measures in the fjords of Norway

The First Meeting of the Parties of FAO’s Port State Measures may have come to a close yesterday, but the work continues in Oslo this week as the First meeting of the ad hoc Working Group to be established under Article 21 of the Port State Measures opens today. During the 29-31 May Olso meeting, the Parties to the Port State Measures Agreement provided clear guidance on the way forward for a smooth implementation of the Agreement. [more]

Oslo hosts the First Meeting to the Parties of the FAO Port State Measures Agreement

The Norwegian capital plays host this week to the parties of the FAO Port State Measures Agreement to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported ad Unregulated Fishing. The world’s first treaty designed to combat illegal fishing went into effect almost one year ago – on 5 June 2016. It now has 46 parties to the Agreement – with the 28 member countries of the European Union counting as a single party. Japan and Montenegro will soon bring that number to 48, when they become full parties in mid-June. [more]

In Cabo Verde, a week dedicated to promoting African Blue Growth

This week in Mindelo, Cabo Verde is being dedicated to sharing experiences and sparking discussion about how to promote Blue Growth policies and investment strategies across Africa. A Conference Dialogue on Blue Growth and Economy: Sharing perspectives and experiences for Africa is taking place 3-5 May 2017. 150 participants from 30 delegations, primarily from African coastal nations, small island developing states (SIDS) and international organizations are taking part in the conference. Conference delegates include ministerial delegations from six of the participating countries: Cabo Verde, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, São Tomé and Principe. [more]

FAO calls on partners to promote sustainable and responsible seafood value chains

25 April, Brussels – FAO today at called upon partners at the Seafood Expo Global to promote social, economic and environmental sustainability along the entire seafood value chain. FAO is aims to engage with partners in governments, civil society, fisherfolk associations, the seafood industry and retailers, by calling on them to become part of the Blue Forum, a multisectoral platform aimed at confronting problems affecting the fisheries and aquaculture sector. [more]

Morocco: A maritime fishing nation works to develop its aquaculture sector

A recent meeting in Rabat, Morocco brought together government officials, industry and academia representatives and aquaculture officers from FAO in support to the development of aquaculture in the country. With its 3 500 kilometers of coastlines (500 km on the Mediterranean coast and 3 000 km on the Atlantic), Morocco possesses a strong tradition of maritime fisheries. Its national fisheries production totaled 1.3 million tonnes in 2014, making it the largest maritime fisheries producer in Africa and at the 25th position worldwide. [more]

Training young people from around the world to bolster sustainable aquaculture

FAO has a deep commitment to promoting the ecosystem approach to aquaculture, as recommended in the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and supporting instruments. As part of this support, José Aguilar-Manjarrez, FAO Aquaculture Officer, taught a module focusing on the ecosystem approach to aquaculture and spatial planning that formed part of a larger international training course entitled “Responsible Aquaculture for Food Security and Economic Progress” organized by Wageningen University and Research Centre for Development Innovation . [more]

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