Fisheries, Trade and Sustainable Development: Post-2015 Development Agenda Briefing Series

Date period
24 June 2014

The health of the world’s oceans and seas will be central to sustainable development in the coming decades, and has been an important element of negotiations around the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The ‘zero draft’ of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets released on 2 June 2014 by the Co-Chairs of the United Nations General Assembly’s Open Working Group on SDGs reflected the importance attached to oceans, seas and marine resources in a stand-alone goal. The goal was supported by several proposed targets, which included eliminating subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, and improving access of artisanal fishers to fishery resources and markets. This policy brief sets out relevant research, including by ICTSD, on how aspects of trade policy, such as subsidies reform and fisheries access agreements, can support sustainable use of marine resources.

The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals was established by the United Nations General Assembly to provide recommendations for a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. ICTSD’s Post-2015 Development Agenda Briefing Series, based on submissions to the Open Working Group, summarises research on the role of trade in meeting sustainable development objectives, including addressing the challenges of climate change and sustainable fisheries, and through Aid for Trade.