United Nations Environmental Program – Topic: The Future of Fisheries

BY FRANCESCA TIRAVANTI, The Straits Times

In today’s last committee session from the 63 annual Harvard National Model United Nations, the delegates from the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), started debating the second topic of the conference: The Future of Fisheries. As the session went on, delegates requested the presence of Press Corps, so that the world could know about the things that were happening in there.

As a way to show it, they have released a statement regarding the topic:

“We, the representatives of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), in the extraordinary meeting as a response to the future fisheries, discussed the necessity of promoting international cooperation based on regional and local level solutions to tackle small and large problems in the management of fisheries.

Therefore we propose the regional approach to fishery management using the framework of of the EU’s common fisheries policy to be adopted by the various regional fisheries management organization (RFMO), and will improve the MSY catch model by structuring it in the seven steps proposed by the Environmental Defense Fund, amongst them are assessment of the ecosystems, vulnerability of resources and stock depletion, as well as the determination of catch limits according to said assessments and the monitoring of this process.

Taking into consideration the expertise presented in previous sessions of this committee, the endorsement of the implementation of the TURF mechanism to obtain more sustainable and accurate information on fisheries that will also help solving jurisdiction issues between member states. And, considering the issue of the lack of coordination between the declared marine protected areas between nations, non-state actors, and programs; we consider important the application of standard on their consideration and the centralization of the data on the matter.

We also believe on the adoption of the Valid General Alternatives for Nutrition (V-GAN) strategy under the assessment of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and alongside Greenpeace International as an adaptive measurement to the depletion of some fishing zones and the manufacture of animal based products with harmful environmental effects in order to provide general guidelines on the adoption of alternative diets that rely on plant based products. Showing that agricultural based activities as important sources of income which will also to lease some time to the environment to recover from the excessive exploitation of animal resources;

In the case of small and tradition fisheries, we believe the application of License, Organization and Bank for Sustainable Trade and Equal Regulation (LOBSTER) to prioritize the adequate acquisition and equal division of transferable quotas for the most vulnerable and fish dependent stakeholders.

In order to maximize the compliance rates of fisheries standards, we will promote an Ecolabelling mechanism. This will consist on a certification given to private companies who comply with FAO’s set standards for sustainable fisheries. The obtainment of the eco-friendly certification will come with a logo-brand in the package of every product the company sells. Thus, the public will be able to know which companies comply with the UNEP and FAO efforts to reduce the overexploitation and depletion of the marine ecosystem.

Attached to this document, is a comprehensive infographic produced by the European Union in 2015 about the new Common Fisheries Policy, which simplifies the system that we encourage regions to adapt to their own needs.

We as the United Nations Environment Program will continue to solve the issues on the future of fisheries in our future sessions.

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 The delegate from Iran, talking about the Press release.

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