The ILO’s SEA Fisheries Project in partnership with the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs of Republic of Indonesia, will organize a 2 day sub-regional event: the Inaugural Plenary Meeting of the SEA Forum for Fishers on 25-26 September 2019.
The proposed Conference, which brings bring together stakeholders from all ASEAN countries, will consolidate the achievements of previous regional meetings convened by the SEA Fisheries Project, and constitute the first official meeting of the SEA Forum for Fishers – the multi-stakeholder regional coordination body established by agreement in November 2018.
The Inaugural Plenary Meeting will:
- Consolidate its membership, technical advisors, structure and protocols for its ongoing operations.
- Consolidate work plans for the Forum, its Working Groups, and provide an opportunity for Working Groups to report back on achievements so far.
- Consolidate strategies including on external engagement and private sector engagement.
Steering Committee Meeting August 2019
The ILO’s SEA Fisheries Project as the Secretariat of the SEA Forum for Fishers, with the support of the Department of Labour and Employment, Republic of the Philippines, and the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Republic of Indonesia, held a half-day event on 1 August 2019 in Manila that brings together nine members of the Steering Committee of the SEA Forum for Fishers for discussions.
The Steering Committee meeting was a closed-door, high-level discussion to shape the strategic direction of the Forum, set priorities, to consider operational issues going forward, and to prepare for the Inaugural Plenary Meeting scheduled for late September/early October of 2019.
The previous meetings of the five Working Groups of the SEA Forum for Fishers were convened on 10-12 July 2019 via ZOOM’s online platform. These meetings are a continuation of our discussions at the Working Group meetings in late March 2019 (see meeting notes). The meetings helped us to build on our achievements at the SEA Conference 2018 and to prepare for the Inaugural Plenary Meeting of the SEA Forum for Fishers to be held on 25-26 September 2019 in Bali.
Participants from governments, labour union, private sector, employers’ associations, NGOs, academia, and IOs have contributed to the Working Group discussions. Technical assistance presentations were also delivered by the International Fusion Centre (IFC), Global Fishing Watch (GFW), Greenpeace, the Forum Fisheries Agency, and LawAid International. The participants’ have concluded the several actions that will be carried forward to the Inaugural Plenary Meeting of the SEA Forum for Fishers to be held on 25-26 September 2019 in Bali.
The first meetings of the five Working Groups of the SEA Forum for Fishers were convened on 27, 28 and 29 March 2019. The meetings will help us to build on our achievements at the SEA Conference on Regional Coordination and Action in respect of fishers in November 2018, and to put into action the Resolution on the Southeast Asian Forum to End Trafficking in Persons and Forced Labour of Fishers. The Working Group meetings were held virtually via the online platform ZOOM.
Various representatives from governments, private sectors organizations, labour organizations, international organnizations, and NGOs have contributed to the fruitful sessions and action points. Read the highlights of the Working Group meetings.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia have will hold the Southeast Asia Conference on Regional Coordination and Action to Combat Trafficking and Labour Exploitation in Fisheries (“SEA Conference”) on 26 to 29 November 2018, in Bali, Indonesia.
The SEA Conference will bring together stakeholders from all ASEAN countries and provide a forum to promote an integrated approach to address issues of human trafficking and labour exploitation in fisheries by addressing both issues specifically related to trafficking for forced labour and underlying issues of the labour conditions of those who work in fishing. It will also facilitate an exchange of experiences on combatting trafficking for labour exploitation and the protection of fishers nationally, regionally, and internationally, including through the discussion of bilateral and multilateral agreements concerning migrant fishers.
The SEA Conference is comprised of two workshops:
1. Workshop on Strengthened Regional Coordination to Combat Trafficking and Labour Exploitation in Fisheries (26-27 November 2018)
2. Workshop to Promote Decent Work for Fishers in Southeast Asia (28-29 November 2018).
The Indonesian National Consultation on 10 July 2018 was convened to consult with stakeholder on the design and establishment of a Regional Coordination Body mandated to address trafficking in persons and labour exploitation in the fisheries. The meeting took forward work completed during the Indonesian National Consultation in November 2017, as well as the regional discussions from ‘the Consultative Forum on Regional Cooperation against Human Trafficking, Labour Exploitation, and Slavery at Sea in Bali‘ held in March 2018.
The Thai National Consultation was a multi-stakeholder meeting, with participants from the Thai Government, workers’ organization, employers, and NGOs/CSOs. The objective was to consult with stakeholders on the design and establishment of a Regional Coordination Body mandated to support ongoing anti-trafficking in persons initiatives and address labour exploitation in the fisheries sector. The conclusions and recommendations collected from this National Consultation will feed into the Regional Conference, which will be held in November 2018.
The International Labour Organization and the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia held Consultative Forum on Regional Cooperation Against Human Trafficking, Labour Exploitation, and Slavery at Sea.
The forum aims at identifying problems and finding solutions to combat human trafficking, human exploitation, and slavery at sea in fisheries sector and exploring the possibility to establish cooperation among countries to address the issues.
The two-day forum was attended participants from government officials, trade unions, employer organizations, and civil society organization to respond to issues of human trafficking, human exploitation, and slavery at sea in fisheries sector.
One of the main conclusion of the conference was establishing a regional coordination body.
The meeting is aimed at providing an overview on the ILO’s new project on trafficking and SEA Fisheries and to gather input and support from the workers’ union on the project implementation. Moreover, this meeting also aimed to discuss about the Trafficking in Person situation in the Indonesian fishing sectors according to the worker union perspective.