Daily Reports
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HLPF 2019
17 July 2019 | UN Headquarters, New York

At the HLPF on Wednesday, 16 countries presented voluntary national reviews (VNRs) during two sessions, in the morning and afternoon. Central African Republic and eSwatini presented their VNRs in a panel, while individual VNR presentations were made by Iraq, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Tonga, South Africa, Rwanda, Kuwait, New Zealand, Chad, Ghana, Israel, Timor-Leste, Tanzania, and Vanuatu.

Meanwhile, the General Debate continued in parallel throughout the day, with 73 Heads of State or Government, ministers, and ambassadors making statements. Read full report


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ISA-25 Part 2
17 July 2019 | Kingston, Jamaica

On Wednesday morning, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) continued its deliberations on the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area, focusing on: the protection and preservation of the marine environment; and rights and obligations of the contractors. During the afternoon, the Council heard the reports of the Chairs of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) and the Finance Committee.

In the breezeways, the ENB notes that delegates need to balance environmental and commercial concerns, given that a net zero loss to the environment is unrealistic. They further need to achieve the timely development of the Mining Code without jeopardizing its quality via self-imposed deadlines. Read full report

Side Events
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Coverage of Selected Side Events at HLPF 2019
17 July 2019 | UN Headquarters, New York