In 2015, during the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheres, FAO started to discuss with different stakeholders the possibility of creating a world fisheries forum (Blue Forum) involving the industry, NGO’s, Civil Society Organizations, Governments among other stakeholders, and recognizing the very important role they play. There are several issues affecting the sector: IUU fishing, decent working conditions, human trafficking, sustainability, climate change, etc., which can threaten sustainable socio-economic development. These challenges require solutions that involves everyone in the sector working together with a comprehensive and coordinated approach. Solutions to these global seafood issues can benefit from a forum that achieves consensus on best practices and methods.
The BF intends to promote the worldwide adoption of best practices for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture production and trade and provides a space where stakeholders can discuss the various challenges that the fisheries sector face (promoting trade and consumption of fish and fisheries products, conservation and management of resources, decent employment and economic development and growth, etc.) and jointly seek solutions through collaboration to achieve common goals.
There is a wide-range of challenges related to the sector and to international trade in fish and fisheries products where the sector could play an important role. The Blue Forum seeks to support accomplishment of FAO’s Strategic Objectives and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to improve well-being and productivity in the world.
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