Screening of "The End of the Line" and of the new UNEP film "Caught Out... The way forward for fisheries subsidies"

Geneva, Switzerland, 25 September 2009

UNEP, in collaboration with WWF and the State of Geneva, organized an event to show the film “The End of the Line” to the public. On the same occasion, the new ten-minute UNEP film on fisheries subsidies was presented. The event was held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 25 September 2009.

The aim of the event was to show these films in order to inform the public and decision makers about what is happening to our oceans and what can be done about it. It also represented an opportunity to draw the attention of WTO negotiators to the importance of new rules on fisheries subsidies and the need for reaching a consensus.

After an introduction by Christophe Bouvier, UNEP Director and Representative for Europe and State of Geneva Representative, the new UNEP film was presented. The short UNEP documentary draws the attention of the viewer to the causes of overfishing, the role of fisheries subsidies and approaches to fisheries reform. It underlines the importance of fisheries subsidies reform and in this context refers to the valuable role that new WTO rules on fisheries subsidies could play. The film also points out the need for special and differential treatment for developing countries in order to ensure that new rules would not represent a hindrance to the sustainable development of their fisheries. It then goes on to describe the vital role of sustainability criteria for subsidies that would be exempt from a prohibition. The film can be viewed by clicking on the link:

The event continued with a statement by H.E. Guillermo Valles, Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of Uruguay and Chairman, WTO Negotiations on Rules. Subsequently, the first major documentary on fisheries subsidies “The End of the Line” was screened. The film reveals the impact of overfishing on our oceans, identifies the ones responsible and points to solutions that are simple and doable – networks of marine protected areas, well-managed fishing and sustainable seafood. A short extract can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

Following the screening of the film and the UNEP documentary, a panel discussion moderated by WWF’s Director General James P. Leape with Charles Clover, author of “The End of the Line”, as well as with H.E. Guillermo Valles, Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of Uruguay and Chairman, WTO Negotiations on Rules and Christophe Bouvier, UNEP regional representative, was held.


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