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Stop the Fish Meltdown
8 June, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm CEST
On World Ocean Day 2022, the Stop Funding Overfishing Coalition representing leading non-governmental organization (NGOs) will place an installation of an ice sculpture in the shape of a fish at Place des Nations to underline the urgent need to reach an agreement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to curb one of the key drivers of overfishing on the world’s ocean: harmful fisheries subsidies.
The timing of this event is significant as this year, World Ocean Day occurs just days before the World Trade Organization’s Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) begins on June 12. After more than 20 years of negotiations, WTO members could reach a deal to end harmful fisheries subsidies at MC12 and fulfill their mandate as set out in Target 6 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal for the Ocean, SDG 14. This action aims to demonstrate strong public support for a fisheries subsidies agreement and remind trade ministers of the urgent need to reel in a deal at MC12.
Beginning at 9 a.m June 8th, the ice sculpture will be open to the public. A photo booth will be set up and members of the public are encouraged to take pictures and share with their social networks.