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India Elected as Vice-Chair of UN FAO Committee on Fisheries

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India has been elected as the Vice-Chair of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI) Management. India's role in this committee as a representative of least developed and developing countries in the field of fisheries and management will determine the direction of the sector.

  • India will serve as a member of the global Bureau of Fisheries and Management for the first time in 57 years. The Indian Embassy in Italy has given this information.
  • This will prove especially important in the case of artisanal and small scale fisheries. The embassy also said that India will work as a member of the FAO Fisheries Bureau on ‘Capture Fisheries’ for the first time in 57 years.

Platform for Fisheries Management at Global Level: 

  • The Sub-committee on Fisheries Management is a forum to discuss fisheries management issues at the national, regional and global levels.
  • The decision comes at a time when many countries are protesting against China's illegal and unregulated fishing practices in international waters. China often violates the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of other countries.
  • According to an investigative journalism report, between 2019 and 2021, China has violated the EEZ of more than 80 other countries.

About Committee on Fisheries (COFI):

  • Established in 1965, COFI is an intergovernmental forum that addresses international fishing and aquaculture issues. Provides policy guidance on fisheries management. It identifies the global challenges in the region.
  • It promotes collective solutions to ensure the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the fishing industry.
  • The group also makes recommendations to the FAO Council or its Director-General.
  • The Sub-Committee on Fisheries Management is a new sub-group formed under COFI during the 35th session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI), to be held in Rome in 2022. 
  • It will work closely with two other COFI sub-committees, the Sub-Committee on Aquaculture and the Sub-Committee on Fish Trade.

Fisheries Sector of India:

  • India is one of the top fishing countries with over 28 million inland and marine fisheries.

About Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):

  • FAO, a UN specialized agency, focuses on global food and agricultural matters. It leads international efforts to prevent hunger.
  • World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16 October to mark the anniversary of the establishment of FAO in 1945.
  • Its Headquarters: Rome (Italy).
  • The current Director General of FAO is Qiu Dongyu.
  • India is one of the founding members of FAO.


Answer:- India

Answer:- Presently the Director General of UNs’ FAO is Qiu Dongyu.

Answer:- Rome (Italy)

Answer:- 16 October
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