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The resolution establishing the Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (47/192) was adopted by the General Assembly on 22 December 1992. The resolution says that the Conference, drawing on scientific and technical studies by FAO, should:

The resolution also says that the Conference should take into account relevant activities at all levels with a view to promoting effective implementation of the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on straddling and highly migratory fish stocks. The resolution also stipulated that the Conference should complete its work "as early as possible" in advance of the 49th session of the UNGA.