Trade-Related Fisheries Targets: Sustainable Development Goal 14. Summary Document, Informal Preparatory Working Group 4

This summary document was prepared to help facilitate the work of the Informal Preparatory Working Group1 on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 targets 4, 6 and b and to provide requested advice to the co-conveners of the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York (Fiji and Sweden), 5-9 June 2017.

The Informal Preparatory Working Group 4 (IPWG-4) focused its work on targets relating to the sustainable management of fisheries, fight against IUU fishing, the elimination of fisheries subsidies, and the need to provide market and resource access for small-scale artisanal fishers (SDG 14 targets 4, 6 and b). It is the only IPWG entrusted with three targets.

The IPWG-4 has an extended membership of 21 representatives of Intergovernmental organizations, RFMOs, global civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and academia. The membership includes representatives from CECAF, GFCM, GEF, Conservation International, IATTC, Memorial University of Newfoundland, NAFO, Oceana, OECD, OLA/DOALOS, Pew Charitable Trusts, University of British Colombia, UNEP, UNDP, United Nations Global Compact, World Animal Protection, WEF, WTO, and WWF. The IPWG has been co-convened and coordinated by FAO and UNCTAD. All representatives participate in their personal capacity.

The current summary document is structured in three parts associated to each SDG target: 4, 6 and b. It seeks to provide baseline information on main trends, challenges, gaps, opportunities and to put forward proposals on new partnerships, recommendations and future actions to accelerate the implementation of the relevant targets of SDG 14 provided by the membership. This summary document is the result of collegial discussion, thinking and action by all IPWG-4 members.