Fishing vessel on open ocean

Ending Harmful Fisheries Subsidies: From Treaty to Reality

September 13, 2023 5:00 pm - September 12, 2023 6:15 pm CEST

(Open to public)

This event is part of the WTO's Public Forum, taking place from 12 to 15 September in person in Geneva, Switzerland. You must register before 17 August to attend, which you can do at the link above. 

Event Description

Over a billion people depend on fish as primary source for protein and a 100 million are directly dependent on fishing for their livelihoods. According to the UN FAO, one third of global fish stocks are already exploited beyond sustainable levels. In 2022, the WTO reached a landmark agreement to finally end subsidized overfishing. By speeding up the entry into force of this agreement and complementing it with additional rules to tackle all harmful fisheries subsidies, WTO members can make a crucial contribution to restoring and maintaining the sustainability of fish stocks and supporting livelihoods. This session showcases perspectives from high level representatives, fisheries experts and environmental advocates. The panel will discuss why swift ratification and successful implementation of the Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies as well as an ambitious result from the second wave of negotiations is urgently needed to support coastal communities, ocean health and build resilience to climate change.


The Pew Charitable Trusts (PEW)

World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)

Friends of Ocean Action (FOA)




  • Alice Tipping, Director, Trade and Sustainable Development, IISD


  • Alfredo Giron, Head, World Economic Forum’s Ocean Action Agenda & Friends of Ocean Action, World Economic Forum.
  • Sebastian Mathew, Executive Director, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF).
  • Nella Pepe Tavita-Levy, Permanent Representative/Ambassador of the Mission of Samoa.
  • Heike Vesper, Chief Executive, Transformation Politics and Markets, World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Germany.

Conference details

Fisheries Subsidies
Focus area