Events

30 Sep 2019

2019 - International Congress on Social Sustainability

This day will bring together many world-class experts, including top representatives of FAO, OECD, UNCTAD, International Labour Organization, GAA or Thai Union, as well as senior officials from the private sector.

The eighth edition of the Conxemar-FAO Congress will have once again the participation of speakers of international reference, to deepen the issue of social sustainability, which has become a major concern for the industry and, specifically, for the fishing sector . Due to work incidents, violations and abuses of human rights and workers appearing in different stages of the fishing sector, there are currently numerous national and international initiatives that are demanding a greater social responsibility and improvements in working and social conditions of the sector.

The Congress will take place on September 30, 2019 in the Centro Social AFundación (Policarpo Sanz, 24-26) in Vigo (Galicia, Spain) and plans to bring together about 400 attendees among agencies, government representatives, associations, academia, NGOs and professionals at the highest level of all over the world, in a meeting that has become a world reference for all the agents of the seafood value chain.

08:00-09:00 h. REGISTRATION. Centro Social Afundación. Policarpo Sanz 24-26, Vigo
09:00-09:40 h. OPENING
   
09:40-10:40 h. SESSION I: SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY ON THE AGENDA
   
09:40 -10:10 h.

Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department

David Vivas, Legal Officer at the Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Shivani Kannabhiran, Policy Advisor at the Responsible Business Conduct unit of the OECD

Brandt Wagner, Head of Unit of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

Monsignor Fernando Chica, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to FAO

10:10 -10:40 h. PANEL DISCUSSION
10:40 -11:10 h. COFFEE BREAK
   
11:10-12:10 h. SESSION II: GOOD PRACTICES IN SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
  Moderator: David Vivas, Legal Officer at the Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
11:10 -11:40 h.

Juliana Herrera, Seafood Standards Manager at Fairtrade (USA)

Bèatrice Gorez, Coordinator of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA)

Maria Cornax, Policy and Advocacy Director at Oceana

Javier Garat, President of Europêche

Valeska Weyman, Senior Expert Aquaculture at Global G.A.P.

11:40 -12:10 h. PANEL DISCUSSION
   
12:10-13:00 h. SESSION III: OVERVIEW OF THE STATE OF SOCIAL ISSUES IN FISHERIES
   
12:10 -12:30 h.

Katrina Nakamura, Founder of Sustainability Incubator for Sustainable Seafood

Francisco Blaha, Fisheries Specialist

12:30 -13:00 h. PANEL DISCUSSION
13:00 -14:00 h. LUNCH BREAK
14:00 -15:00 h. SESSION IV: MAIN CHALLENGES FOR ADRESSING CURRENT
  Moderator: Katarina Sipic, Director of the Conxemar Brussels Office

14:00 -14:30 h.

Alastair Dingwall, Aquaculture and Fisheries Manager at Sainsbury's Supermarkets

Didier Begeret, Social Sustainability Director at The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)

Melanie Siggs, Director of Strategic Engagements of Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA)

Fabrizio De Pascale, National Secretary of the Italian Workers Union of Agri-Food (UILA)

Luisa Álvarez, General Manager of Fedepesca

14:30-15:00 h. PANEL DISCUSSION
15:00-16:00 h. SESSION V: INDUSTRY AND NGOs WORKING TOGETHER TOWARDS SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
  Moderator: Shivani Kannabhiran, Policy Advisor at the Responsible Business Conduct unit of the OECD​
15:00 -15:35 h.

Tracy Cambridge, Responsible Sourcing Director at Thai Union (Europe)

Lamia Znagui, Director of the National Federation of Seafood Processing and Valorization Industries (FENIP, Tunisia)

Libby Woodhatch, Executive Chairman at the Marine Ingredients Organisation (IFFO)

Andrew Young, Senior Vice President Global Sales at Cooke Seafood

Kristine Beran, Markets and international fishing at PEW

Toshiya Yabuki, Deputy General Manager CSR  Department at Nippon Suissan

15:35 -16:00 h. PANEL DISCUSSION
16:00 -16:30 h SESSION VI: GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE ROUNDTABLE
  Moderator: Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department​
 

Governments are encouraged to share their perspectives on how to adress social sustainability

16:30-17:00 h.

SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION

CLOSURE

  By Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department