- About us
The Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries was formed in 2017, and now comprises over 80 experts from over 20 countries, working in government, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and industry. The team is lead by the Chair, Frans van Diepen of the Netherlands, and supported by the Secretary, Maria Teresa Pisani, and the Deputy Secretary, Helen Ross, of UNECE.
The Team’s current focus is to enable countries to implement the UN/FLUX fisheries data-exchange standard, which facilitates international efforts to combat the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing that is threatening our fisheries.
The Team and its work is part of UNECE’s Voluntary Commitment “Promoting standards for sustainable fisheries management and traceability of fish products on a global scale,” which is progressing on schedule.
- The Standard
- Key Documents
Here you may find documents relating to the Team's work, mandate, and outputs
- Progress report on the Programme of Work: 2018-2019 - ToSSF/2019/INF.2
- Report of the 2nd session of the ToSSF - ToSSF/2019/1
- Programme of Work - ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2018/22
- Report of the 1st Meeting of the ToS on SF - ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2018/21
- Guidance on UN/CEFACT FLUX (see chapter 7) - ECE/TRADE/428
- Mandate and Terms of Reference - ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2017/16/Rev.1
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- Briefing Note on UN/CEFACT FLUX and SDG14 - ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2016/18 English French Russian
- 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 and upcoming meetings; by clicking on the meeting’s link you may access related documents, such as agendas and reports.Third Session - Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries
4 February 2020
34th UN/CEFACT Forum, 28 October - November 2019
Second Session – Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries31 January - 1 February 2019
UN/CEFACT Forum, Hangzhou, China
14 - 19 October 2018
2nd Oceans Forum on Trade-related Aspects of SDG 14
16 - 17 July 2018
Press Release issued by UNECE
31st UN/CEFACT Forum
23 - 27 April 2018
First Session - Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries
29 - 30 January 2018
- Communications Materials
Here you may find materials used during the promotion and communication around UN/FLUX.
- Contact us
To participate, register as expert on our online registration form. Under Areas of Interest, kindly check “Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries”.
Mr. Frans van Diepen, Chair of the Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries, Senior Policy Advisor for The Netherlands’ National Enterprise Agency
For more information please contact:
Ms. Maria Teresa Pisani
Secretary to the UNECE Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries
Tel n°.: +41-22-917 4153
Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries
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.