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PART VII - REQUIREMENTS OF DEVELOPING STATES

ARTICLE 24 - RECOGNITION OF THE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OF DEVELOPING STATES: States shall give full recognition of the special requirements developing States and shall, either directly or through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the FAO, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) or other appropriate international and regional organizations, provide assistance. States shall take into account the vulnerability of developing States dependent on marine resources, the need to avoid adverse impacts on subsistence, small-scale and artisanal fishers, and the need to ensure that a disproportionate burden of conservation action does not fall onto developing States.

ARTICLE 25 - FORMS OF COOPERATION WITH DEVELOPING STATES: This Article requires cooperation to enhance the ability of developing States to conserve and manage SFS and HMFS, to assist developing States in participation of high seas fisheries, and to facilitate the participation of developing States in regional and subregional organizations. Assistance shall be directed specifically toward data collection, stock assessment, scientific research, monitoring, control and surveillance. Unlike earlier sessions dealing with the provisions of this Article, no Caribbean voice was exercised during the final session.

ARTICLE 26 - SPECIAL ASSISTANCE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS AGREEMENT: States shall cooperate to establish special funds to assist developing States in the implementation of this Agreement, including meeting the costs involved in any proceedings for the settlement of disputes. States and international organizations should also assist in establishing new subregional or regional organizations.