Eliminating Harmful Fisheries Subsidies

ELIMINATING HARMFUL FISHERIES SUBSIDIES

THE CHALLENGE

Nearly 90% of the world’s marine fish stocks are now fully exploited, overexploited or depleted. There is no doubt that fisheries subsidies play a big role. Without them, we could slow the overexploitation of fish stocks, deal with the overcapacity of fishing fleets, and tackle the scourge of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

THE ACTION TRACK

Mobilise key stakeholders, governments and organisations to take concrete action towards the elimination of harmful fisheries subsidies and advance this issue at the World Trade Organisation (WTO)

TARGETS

SDG 14.6

PARTNERS

International Centre on Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

The Pew Charitable Trust

BLOOM

Oceana

Fisheries sector

UN Agencies

Champion country governments

2018

Engage key stakeholders and develop Action Plan

Identified most engaged and impactful actors

Mapped existing initiatives

Explored potential of engagement with G20 and G7 countries

Action Plan developed

Engaged World Trade Organization

Initiated political mapping and evaluated best role for Friends of Ocean Action

2019

Develop WTO recommendations and engage champion countries

Organize meetings with WTO Director General and other key leaders

Explore and develop action plan for Friends of Ocean Action engagement and contribution

Explore opportunities for calling for a thematic mini-ministerial conference on SDG 14.6 to be held in 2019 in Geneva

Convene key stakeholders

Identify and engage champion states (e.g. China and India)

Develop key recommendations for WTO negotiations

Ministerial Decision on Fisheries Subsidies consistent with SDG 14.6 agreed at mini-ministerial

2020

Showcase success at UN Ocean Conference and WTO Ministerial

Aiming for a Ministerial Decision on Fisheries Subsidies agreed by thematic mini-ministerial in Geneva, consistent with SDG 14.6

Demonstrate how countries are implementing commitments and how The Friends is supporting them

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