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SAVE THE DATE: World Fisheries Day Celebration in Brussels // November 22nd, 2021

The World Fisheries Day Celebration of the FAO Brussels Office is set to take place on 22 November from 13:00 to 14:30 Central European Time (CET) and you are formally invited!

A recent United Nations study reported that more than two-thirds of the world’s fisheries have been overfished or are fully harvested and more than one-third are in a state of decline because of factors such as the loss of essential fish habitats, pollution, and global warming.

Unless we address these issues collectively, the crisis will deepen. World Fisheries Day helps to highlight these problems and moves towards finding solutions to the increasingly inter-connected problems we are facing, and in the longer term, to sustainable means of maintaining fish stocks.

This event will focus on improving fish value chain efficiency, viability and inclusiveness.

Welcoming remarks by Raschad Al-Khafaji, Director, FAO Liaison Office in Brussels

Interventions by:

Cristelle Pratt, Assistant Secretary-General for Climate and Environment, Organization of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS)

Harriet Sena Siaw-Boateng, Ambassador of Ghana to the EU, Chair of the Organization of Africa Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) Working Group on Fisheries

Caroline Roose, Member of the European Parliament

Felix Leinemann, Head of Unit for Blue Economy Sectors, Aquaculture and Maritime Spatial Planning, EU Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE)

Audun Lem, Deputy Director, FAO Fisheries Division

Simo Tiainen, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Rapporteur of the EESC opinion “New approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU”

Moderation by Marco Frederiksen, Acting Director, EUROFISH International Organization