Sixth Meeting of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats' Network, Rome, Italy, 9-15 July 2016.
Thirty-four secretaries participated in the meeting representing regional fisheries bodies with diverse mandates and from all geographic regions, including FAO and non-FAO regional fisheries bodies, and marine and inland fishery advisory and management bodies. RSN-6 discussions covered several subjects, including conservation and the sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, the Assistance Fund provided under Part VII of the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, issues related to the functioning and performance of regional fisheries bodies, and the consolidation and development of the RSN. Background documents to support discussions are annexed to this report, including the RSN Chair's Statement that was delivered at the 32nd Session of the Committee on Fisheries. The meeting provided a unique forum to foster cooperation among regional fisheries bodies established across oceans and inland waters of the world.