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UN/FLUX standard

Overfishing and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) negatively impact sustainable fisheries, livelihoods, and world fish stocks. In 2016, illicit fishing accounted for a staggering 25% of fish of the annual ocean harvest, and was valued at up to $23 billion, which is lost each year to legitimate fishers. Additionally, such practices threaten local biodiversity and food security in many countries. An essential step for an effective management of fish resources is the timely acquisition of information on vessels, stocks and catches as well as the exchange of such information between stakeholders.

Our Focus

To address this, UNECE had a dedicated Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries whose aim was to promote, facilitate and support the implementation of sustainable fisheries standards on a global scale, and particularly the Fisheries Language for Universal Exchange (UN/FLUX).  In 2021 UNECE broadened the focus of the Team of Specialists (ToS) on Sustainable Fisheries to Environmental, Social and Governance traceability of sustainable value chains in the circular economy.


You can find below an overview of the UN/FLUX Standard.
The UN/CEFACT FLUX Standard  version 1.0    version 1.1

Key Documents

Here you may find documents relating to the Team's work, mandate, and outputs

Case Stories

The Team of Specialists has developed a template to develop case studies of individual countries’ experience implementing UN/FLUX, to share experiences and lessons learned. Please find here the template, as well as country experiences.


Here you may find links to previous meetings; by clicking on the meeting's link you can access related documents, such as agendas and reports.

34th UN/CEFACT Forum, 28 October -  November 2019
Report & Presentations: Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries, 29 October 2019
3rd Oceans Forum, 10 September 2019
33rd UN/CEFACT Forum, 1 - 5 April 2019
Agenda: Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries, 2 April 2019
World Wildlife Day 2019 Celebration in Geneva, 1 March 2019
Communications Materials

Here you may find materials used during the promotion and communication around UN/FLUX.