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Feeding an expected global population of 9 billion by 2050 is a daunting challenge that is engaging hundreds of millions of farmers, food processors, traders, researchers, technical experts, and leaders the world over. Fish and other aquatic products from aquaculture can and will play a major role in meeting the dietary demands of all people, while also meeting the food security needs of the poorest.

To realize the maximum contributions of the aquaculture sector toward achieving the targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030, coordinated and accelerated actions are required. Not only must these actions increase sustainable production, but also address the broader value chain, markets, and decent employment.

Recognizing the critical importance of aquaculture, and the need to exchange and discuss reliable information to further enhance its contribution to sustainable development, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), at the request of its Members, is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) of the People’s Republic of China and the Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific (NACA), to organize the Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium + 20 (GCA 2020), 26–30 October 2020, in Shanghai, China.

Under the theme “Aquaculture for food and sustainable development”, the GCA 2020 aims to bring stakeholders from government, business, academia and civil society together to identify the policy and technology innovations, investment opportunities and fruitful areas of cooperation in aquaculture for food and sustainable development. A key output from the GCA 2020 – The Shanghai Consensus - will highlight the principles and strategic pathways to maximize sustainable aquaculture in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, with a special focus on “Leaving no one behind”.

GCA 2020 WILL BE THE FOURTH IN A SERIES OF DEVELOPMENT-ORIENTED CONFERENCES THAT HAVE SHAPED GLOBAL AQUACULTURE:

timeline

1976

Kyoto, Japan

The FAO Technical Conference on Aquaculture, Kyoto, Japan, 1976, developed The Kyoto Strategy for Aquaculture Development and facilitated the transformation of aquaculture from a traditional to a science-based economic activity. It promoted technical cooperation among developing countries to expand aquaculture development.

2000

Bangkok, Thailand

The FAO/NACA Conference on Aquaculture in the Third Millennium, Bangkok, Thailand, 2000 adopted The Bangkok Declaration and Strategy on Aquaculture Development Beyond 2000, which articulated 17 strategic elements addressing the role of aquaculture in alleviating poverty, enhancing food security, and maintaining the integrity and sustainability of natural resources and the environment. The Strategy suggested measures that incorporate aquaculture into the development programmes of the public and private sectors.

2010

Phuket, Thailand

The FAO/NACA Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium +10, Phuket, Thailand, 2010 adopted The Phuket Consensus: a re-affirmation of commitment to the Bangkok Declaration, which recognized the continued value and relevance of the Strategy and identified seven elements that require further strengthening in order to enhance sustainable growth of the sector.

CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT

The Conference Secretariat is made up of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (MARA), and the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA). The Secretariat coordinates the overall implementation of the conference, prepares communication materials and provides secretariat support to the organizing committees. The Secretariat can be reached at GCA@fao.org.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (MARA) is a component of the State Council in charge of agriculture and rural economic development.

The Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) is an international network working to promote rural development through sustainable aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific region.


Map of the International Organizing Committee and International Programme Committee

The International Organizing Committee (IOC) is an international group of geographically and gender-balanced aquaculture experts, who collectively make decisions on policy issues regarding the conference. The IOC provides guidance to the other committees to ensure smooth and effective implementation.

The IOC members are:

Hossein Ali Abdolhay

Hossein Ali Abdolhay
Iranian Fisheries Science Research Institute (Islamic Republic of Iran)
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Danielle Blacklock

Danielle Blacklock
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
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Giovanni Fiore Amaral

Giovanni Fiore Amaral
National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Mexico)
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Alice Joan Ferrer

Alice Joan Ferrer
University of the Philippines, Visayas (Philippines)
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Matthias Halwart

Matthias Halwart
Co-chair IOC
Food and Agriculture Organization (United Nations)
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Hu Honglang

Hu Honglang
National Fishery Technology Extension Center (China)
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Jia Jiansan

Jia Jiansan
Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (Thailand)
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Jie Huang

Jie Huang
Co-chair IOC
Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (Thailand)
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Robert Jimmy

Robert Jimmy
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (Fiji)
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Li Jiale

Li Jiale
Shanghai Ocean University (China)
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Liu Xinzhong

Liu Xinzhong
Co-chair IOC
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (China)
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Beatrice Nyandat

Beatrice Nyandat
Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Blue Economy (Kenya)
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Maria Célia Portella

Maria Célia Portella
Sao Paulo State University (Brazil)
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Yngve Torgersen

Yngve Torgersen
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (Norway)
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Hav Viseth

Hav Viseth
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Cambodia)
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The International Programme Committee (IPC) is an international group of geographically and gender-balanced aquaculture experts, and which oversees the development and structure of programme themes, including the keynote addresses, guest lectures and thematic sessions. This includes also the regional reviews of status and trends, a global synthesis, and the thematic reviews, as well as coordination of the poster session. This work is guided within the overall GCA theme “Aquaculture for food and sustainable development”.

The IPC members are:

Jennifer Cobcroft

Jennifer Cobcroft
James Cook University, Townsville (Australia)
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Elizabeth Cottier-Cook

Elizabeth Cottier-Cook
Scottish Association for Marine Science (United Kingdom)
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Lionel Dabbadie

Lionel Dabbadie
Food and Agriculture Organization (United Nations)
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Susan Farquharson

Susan Farquharson
Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (Canada)
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Ruth Garcia Gomez

Ruth Garcia Gomez
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (New Caledonia)
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Antonio Garza

Antonio Garza
Comisión Nacional de Acuacultura y Pesca (Mexico)
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Shivaun Leonard

Shivaun Leonard
US Agency for International Development (United States)
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Liu Yingjie

Liu Yingjie
Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (China)
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Kay Lwin Tun

Kay Lwin Tun
University of Yangon (Myanmar)
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Graham Mair

Graham Mair
Co-chair IPC
Food and Agriculture Organization (United Nations)
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Charles Ngugi

Charles Ngugi
Karatina University (Kenya)
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Imad Saoud

Imad Saoud
University of Beirut (Lebanon)
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Patrick Sorgeloos

Patrick Sorgeloos
Ghent University (Belgium)
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Karen Veverica

Karen Veverica
Auburn University (United States)
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Yuan Derun

Yuan Derun
Co-chair IPC
Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific
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PARTNERS

Two key partner organizations are supporting the GCA, especially through their contributions to the Local Organizing Committee.

Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU) is a multi-disciplinary applied research-based institution of higher education located in the Pudong region of Shanghai.

The China Society of Fisheries (CSF) is the national society of fisheries, consisting of scientists and scholars involved in science and innovations of fisheries and aquaculture.