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Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks

(New York, 22 to 26 May 2006 and 24 to 28 May 2010)

Last updated 08 August 2011

The resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (the ôAgreementö) was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 24 to 28 May 2010.

The Review Conference, convened pursuant to article 36 of the Agreement, was resumed pursuant to resolution 63/112 of 5 December 2008 and resolution 64/72 of 4 December 2009, with a view to assessing the effectiveness of the Agreement in securing the conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks.

  • Report of the resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks

  • Background information and a press release on the resumed Review Conference on the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement are available at the following links:      

    General facts regarding world fisheries English | Français | Español
    Fish Stocks Agreement: Overview of what the Agreement says and its impact English | Français | Español
    Parties to the Fish Stocks Agreement: 77 English | Français | Español
    Advancing the Fish Stocks Agreement English | Français | Español
    Making the Fish Stocks Agreement Work English | Français | Español
    Press Release (New York, 24 – 28 May 2010)  -  "Countries to Focus on Limiting Further Decline of Fish Species in International Waters during Review of Key Legal Agreement" English | Français | Español

LINKS: THE AGREEMENT | STATUS OF THE AGREEMENT | informal consultations OF states PARTIES | GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTIONS | REPORTS OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES | ASSISTANCE FUND

DOCUMENTS OF THE REVIEW CONFERENCE (2010)

A/65/528

Letter dated 13 October 2010 from the President of the Review Conference addressed to the President of the General Assembly transmitting the final report of the resumed Review Conference

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A/CONF.210/2010/INF/2

Delegations to the Review Conference, New York, 24-28 May 2010

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A/CONF.210/2010/7

Report of the resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks

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A/CONF.210/2010/6

Note verbale dated 20 May 2010 from the Permanent Missions of Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru to the United Nations addressed to the Secretariat

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A/CONF.210/2010/5

Credentials of representatives of participating States in the resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks

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A/CONF.210/2010/4

Organization of work

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A/CONF.210/2010/3

Agenda

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A/CONF.210/2010/INF/1

Compilation of the recommendations adopted at the Review Conference in 2006 and information on the extent to which the recommendations have been implemented by States and regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements - Note by the Secretariat

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A/CONF.210/2010/2

Financial report on the status of the Assistance Fund under Part VII of the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks - Note by the Secretariat

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A/CONF.210/2010/1

Report submitted to the resumed Review Conference in accordance with paragraph 32 of General Assembly resolution 63/112 to assist it in discharging its mandate under article 36, paragraph 2, of the Agreement - Report of the Secretary-General

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DOCUMENTS OF THE REVIEW CONFERENCE (2006)

The Review Conference, convened pursuant to article 36 of the Agreement, was held in New York, from 22 to 26 May 2006, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 59/25 of 17 November 2004 and resolution 60/31 of 29 November 2005.  The outcome of the Review Conference (A/CONF.210/2006/15, annex) included a set of recommendations to strengthen the implementation of the Agreement. The Review Conference decided to suspend the meeting and keep the Agreement under review through the resumption of the Review Conference at a date not later than 2011.


A/CONF.210/2006/INF/1

Delegations to the Review Conference, New York, 22-26 May 2006

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A/CONF.210/2006/15

Report of the Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks

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A/CONF.210/2006/14

Second Report of the Credentials Committee 

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A/CONF.210/2006/13

Report of the Credentials Committee 

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A/CONF.210/2006/12

Note verbale Dated 22 May 2006 from the Permanent Missions of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru to the United Nations addressed to the Secretariat

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A/CONF.210/2006/11

Agenda of the Conference

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A/CONF.210/2006/10

Note verbale dated 12 April  2006 from the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations addressed to the Secretariat

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A/CONF.210/2006/9

Note verbale dated 31 March 2006 from the Permanent Mission of Namibia to the United Nations addressed to the Secretariat

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A/CONF.210/2006/8

Note verbale dated 31 March 2006 from the Permanent Mission of Iceland to the United Nations addressed to the Secretariat

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A/CONF.210/2006/7

Note verbale dated 31 March 2006 from the Permanent Mission of Iceland to the United Nations addressed to the Secretariat

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A/CONF.210/2006/6

Provisional rules of procedure of the Review Conference

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A/CONF.210/2006/5

Elements for assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of the Agreement

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A/CONF.210/2006/4

Organization of work - Framework questions

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A/CONF.210/2006/3

Provisional agenda

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A/CONF.210/2006/2

Financial report on the status of the Assistance Fund under Part VII of the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks - Note by the Secretariat

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A/CONF.210/2006/1/Corr.1

Report submitted in accordance with paragraph 17 of General Assembly resolution 59/25 of 17 November 2004, to assist the Review Conference to implement its mandate under paragraph 2, article 36 of the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement - Report of the Secretary-General  - Corrigendum

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A/CONF.210/2006/1

Report submitted in accordance with paragraph 17 of General Assembly resolution 59/25 of 17 November 2004, to assist the Review Conference to implement its mandate under paragraph 2, article 36 of the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement - Report of the Secretary-General 

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submission of information and views (2006)


Background information

    The United Nations Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks provides the legal regime for the conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks. The Agreement requires coastal States and States fishing on the high seas to adopt conservation and management measures based on the best scientific evidence available in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fish stocks.

    The Agreement requires the application of the precautionary approach and ecosystem approaches to the conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks, as well as compatibility of measures established for the high seas and those adopted for areas under national jurisdiction. The Agreement emphasizes the crucial role of regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements as mechanisms for international cooperation concerning straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks.

    In addition, the Agreement recognizes the importance of monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement in fisheries governance and provides for a strengthening of the duties of the flag State and cooperation in enforcement, including through high seas boarding and inspection.

    The special requirements of developing countries in relation to conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks are recognized by the Agreement, and an Assistance Fund has been established to assist developing States Parties in the implementation of the Agreement.

    The Agreement shall be interpreted and applied in the context of and in a manner consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

    The Agreement was adopted on 4 August 1995 by the United Nations Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks and entered into force on 11 December 2001. As at 1 April 2010, there are 77 parties to the Agreement.


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