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1st Session of the Preparatory Committee Established by the UN General Assembly Resolution 69/292 “Development of an International Legally Binding Instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction”

28 March - 8 April 2016 | UN headquarters, New York

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A school of barracudas from North Seymour, Galapagos, Ecuador. Photo courtesy of Franz Dejon


On Friday, 8 April 2016, the PrepCom met in the morning to finalize discussions on principles and approaches. Chair Eden Charles (Trinidad and Tobago) verbally outlined a procedural roadmap to PrepCom 2, including that the meeting will: hold a short opening plenary, without general statements; convene five four-hour informal working groups; reconvene in plenary to further discuss and possibly agree to “park” issues that garner consensus for inclusion into the internationally legally binding instrument; and discuss the next steps for PrepCom 3. He proposed working groups on: marine genetic resources; area-based management tools; environmental impact assessments; capacity building and technology​ transfer; and crosscutting issues, including scope, principles and institutional mechanisms. Chair Charles also proposed, and delegates agreed, that an indicative list of substantive issues, as well as a Chair’s summary of PrepCom 1, be circulated to facilitate preparations prior to PrepCom 2.

During the closing plenary, many delegations expressed appreciation for a successful start of the PrepCom, with Chair Charles encouraging them to keep up the good spirit as discussions “get tougher.” Chair Charles gavelled the meeting to a close at 1:44pm.

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IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, is providing daily web coverage and daily reports from the 1st Session of the Preparatory Committee Established by the UN General Assembly Resolution 69/292 “Development of an International Legally Binding Instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction.” In addition, IISD Reporting Services, has published a summary and analysis report of the meeting, which is available in HTML and PDF formats.
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PrepCom 1 plenary session



Thembile Joyini, South Africa, on behalf of the African Group

Prim Masrinuan, Thailand, on behalf of the G-77/China



Catherine Boucher, Canada

Janine Coye-Felson, Belize


John Brincat, EU




Cristian Laborda Mora, Chile


Shorna-Kay Richards, Jamaica


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Tamara Thomas, Adviser to the Chair; Chair Eden
Charles
, Trinidad and Tobago
; Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS; and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS


Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago, gavelled the meeting to a close at 1:44 pm


On Thursday, 7 April 2016, the PrepCom plenary met throughout the day to complete a round of comments on oral reports from informal working groups, and to consider: the scope of an international legally binding instrument on marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ); its relationship with other instruments and bodies; guiding approaches and principles; and institutional and dispute settlement mechanisms.

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Rueanna Haynes, Trinidad and Tobago

John Adank, New Zealand



Thembile Joyini, South Africa, on behalf of the African Group

Mundita Lim, the Philippines


Delegates from Mexico consulting


On Wednesday, 6 April 2016, the informal working group on capacity building and marine technology transfer, facilitated by Rena Lee (Singapore), continued discussions in the morning. In the afternoon, the PrepCom plenary reconvened to hear, and offer comments on, reports from all informal working groups.

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L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS);
Rena Lee
, Singapore, facilitator of the informal working group on capacity building and transfer of marine technology;
Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS; Vita Onwuasoanya, UNDOALOS; and Angela Chung, UNDOALOS



Hiroko Muraki Gottlieb, IUCN

Veronica Frank, Greenpeace


Per-Axel Frielingsdorf, EU


Delegates from Brazil


René Lefeber, the Netherlands, reported on the discussions of the informal working group on environmental impact assessments


Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil, reported on the discussions of the informal working group on marine genetic resources,
including benefit-sharing questions



Rena Lee, Singapore, reported on the discussions of the informal working group on capacity building and transfer of marine technology


John Adank, New Zealand, reported on the discussions of the informal working group on area-based management tools, including marine protected areas


On Tuesday, 5 April 2016, the informal working group on environmental impact assessments (EIAs), facilitated by René Lefeber (the Netherlands), continued discussions in the morning. In the afternoon, the PrepCom plenary reconvened briefly, followed by an informal working group on capacity building and marine technology transfer, facilitated by Rena Lee (Singapore). 

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L-R: Alice Hicuburundi, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli,
Director, UNDOALOS; René Lefeber, the Netherlands, facilitator for the informal working group on environmental impact
assessments; Yoshinobu Takei, UNDOALOS; and Fernando Cabrera, UNDOALOS


Maruthadu Sudhakar, India

Martin Zvachula, Federated States of Micronesia



Wini Broadbelt, EU



Nicholas Ioannides
, Cyprus


Essam Yassin Mohammed
, Eritrea


A bird's eye view of the informal working group on capacity building and transfer of marine technology


On Monday, 4 April 2016, the informal working group on area-based management tools, including marine protected areas, facilitated by John Adank (New Zealand), continued in the morning. In the afternoon, the PrepCom plenary reconvened briefly, followed by an informal working group on environmental impact assessments, facilitated by René Lefeber (the Netherlands)​.

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L-R: Amena Yauvoli, Fiji; Sophie Mirgaux, EU; and John Brincat, EU



Chandra Prakash Goyal
, India

Alice Revell, New Zealand


Kristina Gjerde, IUCN


Sylvia Earle
, Mission Blue

Lora Nordtvedt Reeve, Ocean Care


Ahmed Al-Hashmi, United Arab Emirates


Isaías Medina Mejías
, Venezuela

Geoff Burton, UN University


On Friday, 1 April 2016, the informal working group on marine genetic resources, including questions on benefit-sharing, facilitated by Carlos Sobral Duarte (Brazil), continued in the morning. In the afternoon, the PrepCom plenary reconvened briefly, followed by an informal working group on area-based management tools, including marine protected areas, which was facilitated by John Adank (New Zealand). 

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Anna Knyazeva
, Russian Federation

Ali Nasimfar, Iran


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS);
Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil, facilitator for the informal working group on marine genetic resources;
and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS


Delegates from the EU


On Thursday, 31 March 2016, the PrepCom plenary convened in the morning to conclude discussions on environmental impact assessments and strategic environmental assessments, and to consider capacity building and marine technology transfer. Following a short afternoon plenary, an informal working group on marine genetic resources, including questions on benefit-sharing, convened.

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Amena Yauvoli, Fiji

Nawaf Salam, Lebanon



Zhang Haiwen
, China

Patrick Luna, Brazil


Fred Sarufa, Papua New Guinea

Catherine Boucher, Canada

Josel Mostajo, the Philippines



Maryam Chehrazad
, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Jihyun Lee, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity


View of the informal working group on marine genetic resources


L-R: John Brincat, EU; Margo Deiye and Joan Yang, Nauru


On Wednesday, 30 March 2016, the plenary of the Preparatory Committee on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument under UNCLOS on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ)​ convened throughout the day to consider: marine genetic resources (MGRs), including benefit-sharing questions, area-based management tools, including marine protected areas (MPAs); and environmental impact assessments (EIAs). ​​

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Tilani Silva, Sri Lanka



Haryo Budi Nugroho
, Indonesia

René Lefeber, EU



Ma Xinmin
, China

Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway


Florence Descroix-Commanducci, ACCOBAMS

Edward Kleverlaan, International Maritime Organization (IMO)


Jessica Battle, WWF


On Tuesday, 29 March 2016, the PrepCom plenary convened throughout the day to continue to hear general statements and start discussions on: the scope of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) and its relationship with other instruments; and guiding approaches and principles.​

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View of the room of PrepCom 1 from the perspective of the dais


Yves Suter, Switzerland

Jung So-hyun, Republic of Korea

Tek Prasad Dhungana, Nepal



Ward Appeltans
, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

Merete Tandstad, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)


Lydia Slobodian, IUCN

Duncan Currie, Greenpeace International


Delegates from Indonesia consulting


Delegates from the Philippines discussing elements to be included in the draft text


On Monday, 28 March 2016, the first session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) opened, with plenary convening in the morning and afternoon to address administrative matters, and hear general statements.

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View of the inaugural plenary of the PrepCom


Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel, on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago


Mahlatse Mminele, South Africa, on behalf of the African Group

Virachai Plasai, Thailand, on behalf of G-77/China


Juliette Babb-Riley, Barbados, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Marlene Moses, Nauru, on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States


L-R: René Lefeber and John Brincat, EU


PrepCom participants observing a moment of silence for the victims of recent terror attacks.


Duncan Currie, Greenpeace International, in conversation with PrepCom 1 participants.




Tamara Thomas, Adviser to the Chair and Shorna-Kay Richards, Jamaica, with the ENB team


L-R: ENB BBNJ team with Asterios Tsioumanis; Daniela Diz; Tallash Kantai; Elisa Morgera; and Franz Dejon


 

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IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the European Union, the Government of Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2016 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, SWAN International, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).