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The FAO hosted a 10-day Technical Consultation on the drafting of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing, in Rome from 25 September to 5 October 1994. Delegates from over 60 countries attended. The Like-Minded coastal State group, led by Canada and Peru, adopted the position that the Code could not be drafted until after the conclusion of the UN Conference. NGOs attended the Consultation and made contributions on the substantive issues. Despite best attempts by the FAO to put a number of key issues before the delegates, coastal State and DWFN posturing did not provide for a meaningful outcome of the Technical Consultation. The draft Code and comments made on it was transmitted to the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in March 1995.

A Working Group on the draft Code met during COFI from 10-13 March 1995. Over 30 NGOs were invited to the COFI meeting. The meeting was preceded by a one-day FAO/NGO consultation on 9 March.