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    (1996) Report of the sixty-sixth session of the Executive Committee of APFIC 1996
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    This document presents the fil report of the Sixty»sixth Session of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) which was held held at the FAO Regiol OffIce for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. Thailand. from 12 to 14 March 1996 Major topic, discussed were: progress reports on the activities of APFIC; review of the functions and responsibilities of APFIC in fisheries magement and aquaculture development in the Asia- Pacific region; proposals for reinforcing the structu re and functions of the Executive Committee and proposed amendments to the APFIC Agreement and Rule, of Procedure; progress report on preparations for the Twenty-fifth SessIon of the Commission and the technical Symposium on Environmental Aspects of Responsible Fisheries; and the Kyoto Declaration and Plan of Action on the Sustaible Contribution of Fisheries to Food Security, The summary of the main recommendations/decisions is shown in Appendix G.
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    Report of the First Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Future of APFIC - Virtual meeting, 18–19 August 2021 and Report of the Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Future of APFIC - Virtual meeting, 24–25 February 2022 2022
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    The Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) was established in 1948 and has undergone various reforms since then to adapt to the changing international governance of fisheries as well as reforms in the function and resourcing of FAO’s regional fishery bodies. This gradually induced a major crisis in the commission’s ability to develop and execute a work programme for servicing its members. The 36th Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission, held in May 2021, recognized the pressing issues of financial unsustainability and FAO's declining willingness and ability to provide Regular Programme funding for commission activities. It recommended the establishment of an 'ad hoc working group on the future of APFIC' to analyse issues and explore possible options to advise the commission on its future. In a majority, the ad hoc working group recommended to support temporary suspension of the commission, in the light of questionnaire responses and the limited prospects for identifying financial resources for the activities of the commission. It prepared a draft resolution regarding suspension for consideration by the 37th session and recommended that suspension of the commission should be for a period five years. Noting that some Member Countries supported continuation, the ad hoc working group also prepared a draft resolution for continuation of the activities of the commission, should this be the decision of the 37th session. The text of this resolution incorporates specific reference to the establishment of a financial arrangement to support the work programme of the commission.
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    Report of the Thirty-fifth Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC)
    Cebu, the Philippines, 11-13 May 2018
    2018
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    This document is the final report of the Thirty-fifth Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) convened in Cebu, the Philippines from 11 to 13 May 2018. The event was hosted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Agriculture, the Philippines. It was attended by 14 APFIC member countries, two non-APFIC FAO members and ten partner organizations. The Commission reviewed the intersessional programme activities of APFIC and endorsed the report of the meeting of the Seventy-sixth APFIC Executive Committee. The Commission endorsed the recommendations of the Seventh Regional Consultative Forum Meeting in full and recommended that these should inform the future biennial work plan of APFIC. The Commission endorsed the recommendations of the APFIC ‘Regional Consultation to Promote Responsible Production and Use of Feed and Feed Ingredients for Sustainable Growth of Aquaculture in Asia-Pacific’, convened from 7 to 9 March 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand as well as the recommended strategies stemming from the APFIC ‘Regional Consultation on Building Climate Resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific Region’, held from 14 to 16 November 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Commission welcomed FAO’s expanded ‘Regional Initiative on Blue Growth in Asia-Pacific’ and endorsed the proposed programmatic framework and implementation plan for 2018 to 2019. Several members that were not included as the initiative’s focus countries expressed interest to participate in the implementation of the initiative from 2018 to 2019. The Commission confirmed that illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing remains a major threat to sustainable fisheries and welcomed the continued efforts of FAO and other international and regional organizations to support the members in combating IUU fishing in both inland and marine fisheries. The Commission recognized the contributions of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and of the regional and country Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects with which they have engaged and noted that the outputs of these programmes have relevance to fishery management and capacity in the region. Many member countries expressed interest in becoming more involved in these and future initiatives. The Commission welcomed the proposed 2018-2023 APFIC strategic plan and endorsed the 2018-2019 biennial work plan with a number of amendments. The Commission elected new officers and agreed that the Thirty-seventh Session of APFIC will be convened in Thailand in 2020.

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