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Statement by the Chairperson of the 33rd Session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific














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      Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission. 2014. Report of the Seventy-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 11–13 November 2014, FAO Regiol Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, RAP Publication 2014/25, 21 p.  This document presents the fil report of the Seventy-fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) that was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 11 to 13 November 2014. The APFIC Executive Com mittee at its Seventy-fifth session comprised Sri Lanka (Chair), Philippines (Vice-Chair), Indonesia and Myanmar (Members), India (former Chair) and the Secretary of the Commission (as an ex officio Member). The Executive Committee agreed that there were common objectives between the FAO/APFIC Regiol Initiative on Blue Growth and the work priorities identified by the Commission. It recommended that the Regiol Initiative on Blue Growth and APFIC’s related work should be brought to the attention o f the FAO Asia-Pacific Regiol Conference (APRC), through the inclusion of an APRC agenda item on the contribution of fish to nutrition and food security. The Executive Committee agreed that there was a need for monitoring in order to assess the benefits and risks of FADs and artificial reefs in the region and agreed with the development of an approach to assess the ture and extent of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the APFIC region. The Executive Committee developed the agen da of the APFIC regiol consultative workshop “Documentation and dissemition of successful sustaible aquaculture intensification practices in Asia” and reviewed the planned activity “APFIC regiol consultative workshop on improving the contribution of culture-based fisheries and related fishery enhancements in inland waters to blue growth”, noting that this was a timely contribution to the dialogue on blue growth and its potential in inland waters. The Executive Committee noted the endorsed regiol guidelines and training courses developed by APFIC and emphasized the importance of engagement with regiol partners to ensure their promotion within the region and provide suggestions in that regard. The Executive Committee reviewed the budget and expenses of the Commission and recommended that core allocation be sustained and suggested cost reduction strategies and means of encouraging greater contributions of in-kind support to the work of the Commission. The Executive Committee discussed the preparations for the Sixth APFIC Regiol Consultation Forum Meeting (RCFM) and the Thirty-fourth Session of the Commission to be held in Sri Lanka in January/February 2016. The Executive Committee agreed that the Seventy-sixth Session of the Executive Committee would be convened in the Philippines in September 2016 subject to confirmation by the Philippines’ government. 
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    Meeting report of the Ministerial Roundtable on Zero Hunger at the 34th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific 2018
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    The Ministerial RoundTable on Zero Hunger was a ministerial segment in thirty-fourth session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC) which was held in Nadi, Fiji on 12 April 2018. The objective of the Ministerial Round Table was to generate political commitment to achieve SDG 2 and translate it into actions that would benefit smallholders as well as a larger population in the region. It served to: (i) create greater awareness among Members and partners regarding the scope and achievements of the regional Zero Hunger policy processes and initiatives; and (ii) provided an overview of the regional approaches taken to address gaps and challenges to maximize impact. This event demonstrated progress made towards the Zero Hunger vision at regional and country levels, as well as the successes to date in SDG 2, achieved with support from FAO in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
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    Multi-year Programme of Work (MYPOW) 2016-2019 for the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific 2018
    This document presents again the MYPOW for 2016-2019 for APRC. A report on how FAO's regional activities have addressed regional priorities during 2016-2017, as well as priorities and recommendations of the regional technical commissions, along with the plans and priorities of partners such as the Regional Economic Organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector, is presented in document APRC/18/6.

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