The United Nations University builds its activities on a range of programmes and institutes across the world. The Fisheries Training Programme, supported by its main sponsor, the Government of Iceland pledges to continue to provide scientific and technological knowledge in its search for sustainability in the use of fisheries and aquaculture. Essential areas of emphasis in making sustainable fisheries possible are research and education in policy making, fisheries sector development, stock assessment, fish handling and processing, and aquaculture which is a key growth area. It is crucial to focus considerable effort in developing countries in all these areas. Achieving SDG 14, on the oceans and its resources, is important to several other SDGs. The Fisheries Training Programme is working towards more intersectoral projects thereby making contributions to reducing hunger and poverty, providing a good education for men and women, reducing inequality, ensuring safe resilient lives and lifestyles for both men and women are all important actions that have been undertaken and past fellows of our six month post-graduate training in Iceland as they have returned to their positions across 50 countries over the last 20 years. Evaluation activities have highlighted critical areas of development and the improvements in the next fifteen years will come from close cooperation between specialists in Iceland and elsewhere. Partnerships have been developed in research and training and both Iceland and partner countries commit themselves to the sustainability of the one of the most precious resources, fisheries, available to society. Furthering the expertise and knowledge of fisheries specialists in a broad and diverse global network will put sustainable fisheries within reach in both developing and developed countries.
In many low income countries, small scale fisheries is of particular importance for food security and livelihoods. There is a large potential to improve the economic value, nutritional quality, and food safety in these areas. For the past several years, the UNU-FTP has been developing and promoting improved processing methods for preservation of small pelagic fish, which are particularly perishable, including salting, smoking, and drying. UNU-FTP will continue to work towards developing appropriate technologies, adaptation by fishing communities, and product marketing.
This commitment aims to address SDG 14.7. Through research and capacity building activities in African LICs where fisheries are an important resource, UNU-FTP will invite fisheries professionals to participate in six month post-graduate training in Iceland. Also, UNU-FTP will collaborate with partner organisations to develop custom made training courses to be offered in-country. These will target resource managers, and trainers, and practitioners.