The E15 engages key stakeholders – trade and investment policy makers, business and thought leaders – in policy dialogues in Geneva and around the world to explore and help validate ideas, align interests and strengthen the impetus for change.

E15 Fisheries Policy Options Featured at UNCTAD

10 - 12 May 2016 , Palais des Nations, Geneva

On 10-12 May, UNCTAD organised the meeting “Oceans Economy and Trade: Sustainable Fisheries, Transport and Tourism,” which featured a presentation by Alice Tipping, Senior Programme Officer, ICTSD, on the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the context of the policy options generated by the E15 Expert Group on Oceans, Fisheries and the Trade System.

Concerns over the health of oceans and their ecosystems have enabled the adoption for the first time of a Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) exclusively dedicated to the oceans: SDG 14.

This goal commits UN Member States “to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

The oceans economy has been defined as a vehicle towards a greener and more sustainable and inclusive economic paths on the marine and coastal environment.

Trade in marine products and services can create opportunities for economic growth, export diversification and new investments. Major trade sectors where opportunities already exist or could be expanded in the near future include sustainable fishing and aquaculture, sustainable and resilient marine transport and logistic services, and in links with maritime and coastal tourism.

The objective of this international seminar was to: increase the understanding of the concept of the oceans economy and its close links with trade; examine how international trade in goods and services, as mediated by internationally agreed rules, regulations and trade policy, can better support the advancement of SDG 14 and other related goals, and; underscore the strong inter-sectoral interdependencies of ocean-based sectors and related implications for strategically coordinated policies.

More information on the meeting can be found on the UNCTAD website.