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UN food agency urges to join global treaty to root out scourge of illegal fishing

UN food agency urges to join global treaty to root out scourge of illegal fishing

United Nations, Oct 7 (UNI) The United Nations food security agency -- calling for strengthening the fight against illegal fishing -- has urged all countries to join a landmark global treaty that aims to rid the world of the multibillion-dollar scourge. The Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) – approved by the Conference of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in November 2009 – entered into force last June, making it legally binding on its parties to conduct rigorous inspections of vessels by port rather than flag States, according to a UN News Centre press release here. According to José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of FAO, the PSMA is not only the “main tool” to tackle illegal fishing, it also helps to tackle other serious problems including trafficking of drugs and persons. “We need all countries around the world to be part of the [the Agreement] for it to be highly effective,” he said, speaking at a conference in Malta. So far about 50 countries are parties to the treaty, but many more are needed, added Mr Graziano da Silva. As part of its commitments to implement the Agreement, FAO has set aside seed money to fund support programmes for poorer countries develop their technical, scientific and legal capacity. These resources will be bolstered by voluntary contributions. Also in his remarks, the FAO Director-General announced pledges of $41.9 in funding initiatives for programs aimed at the fisheries sector, including improving fisheries management and livelihoods around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. With these funds FAO aims to reverse the trend of over-exploitation of fish stocks and strengthen the livelihoods of poor coastal communities, which depend heavily on small-scale fishing. The UN agency also announced today that it will spend some $1 million to assist small island developing States through its Blue Growth initiative, geared at providing developing countries with a framework which allows them to rebuild and grow their aquatic economies in a sustainable ecological manner while benefitting coastal communities. UNI XC-SNU 0708

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18 Sep 2018 | 8:33 PM

Washington/Canberra, Sep 18 (UNI) Aspirin, the humble, round, white tablet, accredited with aiding healthy lifestyle and warding off fatal diseases like cancer and heart-related issues, has failed to impress the researchers, who found that daily low-dose of aspirin in healthy older adults, does not prolong a healthy, independent living (life free of dementia or persistent physical disability).

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US refugee cap: UNHCR to 'keep away' from policy matters

18 Sep 2018 | 8:20 PM

Geneva, Sep 18 (UNI) The UN refugee agency UNHCR on Tuesday refused to comment on US President Donald Trump's proposed cut in refugee resettlement places, saying it was up to the United States to decide on its policy.

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Imran for citizenship to Bengali kids born in Pakistan

18 Sep 2018 | 4:53 PM

Islamabad, Sep 18 (UNI) Pakistan Premiere Imran Khan on Tuesday tabled a proposal before the Assembly, seeking recommendations from the Parliamentarians over granting citizenship to all Bengali and Afghan children born in Pakistan.

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1 child dies in world, in every 5 seconds: UN report

18 Sep 2018 | 4:02 PM

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Violence witnessed in teen years, likely to surface as trauma later

18 Sep 2018 | 3:57 PM

Ottawa, Sep 18 (UNI) Researchers from Canada have warned that students who witness violence at the age of 13 years in school, are at a greater risk of psycho-social and academic impairment at 15.

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