Norway announces the establishment of a sustainable fisheries action network

Working towards achieving the SDGs under the umbrella of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition

6 JUNE 2017 | NEW YORK – Norway has become the first country to establish an action network as part of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025. The Global Action Network on Sustainable Food from the Ocean for Food Security and Nutrition calls for higher priority to be given to fisheries and aquaculture in efforts to improve global food security.

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Geir O. Pedersen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN in NYC, supporting the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025

This action network is a direct follow-up of the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025. It will facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and experiences between Member States on effective policies and actions to ensure sustainable fishery and aquaculture practices. Through Norway’s action network, participating countries can work towards the commitments of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and SDGs 1, 2, 3, 12 and 14.

In April 2016, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2016-2025 the Decade of Action on Nutrition. Led by WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Nutrition Decade is a framework for making commitments, tracking progress and ensuring mutual accountability in line with the global nutrition targets.

The Decade calls for policy action across six key areas:

  • creating sustainable, resilient food systems for healthy diets;
  • providing social protection and nutrition-related education for all;
  • aligning health systems to nutrition needs, and providing universal coverage of essential nutrition interventions;
  • ensuring that trade and investment policies improve nutrition;
  • building safe and supportive environments for nutrition at all ages; and
  • strengthening and promoting nutrition governance and accountability.
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Dr Natela Menabde, Executive Director of the WHO Office at the United Nations, discussing the importance of sustainable fisheries at the June 2017 Oceans Conference side event in NYC

WHO welcomes Norway’s action network and encourages other interested Member States to join Norway in working towards a sustainable future together. The next steps for the Global Action Network on Sustainable Food from the Ocean for Food Security and Nutrition are to identify other interested countries that would like to play an active role in establishing or joining the network; and to determine a forum in the near future where interested Member State representatives can meet to discuss in detail the set up and tasks of the action network.

To learn more or express interest, please contact:
Ms Anita Utheim Iversen, Senior Adviser Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries