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2nd 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”

26 August – 9 September 2016 | UN headquarters, New York

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Highlights for Friday, 26 August 2016

A school of barracudas from North Seymour, Galapagos, Ecuador (photo courtesy of Franz Dejon)

View of the room during the plenary session

On Friday, 26 August, the second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument 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) was opened by Chair Eden Charles (Trinidad and Tobago) and Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Legal Affairs. Plenary convened in the morning to consider organisational matters. An informal working group on marine genetic resources met for the rest of the day to consider: definitions, principles and approaches, access and benefit-sharing.

ENB SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS: The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of PrepCom 2 is available in HTML and PDF.

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From L-R:  Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago; and Alice Hicuburundi, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS)

Anca Leroy, EU

Xinmin Ma, China

Rishy Bukoree, Mauritius

Thembile Joyini, South Africa

Zentaro Naganuma, Japan, and Matthías Pálsson, Iceland

Geoff Burton, UN University (UNU), with Barbara Ruis, UNEP

Matthías Pálsson, Iceland

Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway

Tek Prasad Dhungana, Nepal

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria

Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh

Martin Zvachula, Federated States of Micronesia, with, John Brincat, EU

Duncan Currie, Greenpeace International, and Thembile Joyini, South Africa

Participants networking

Highlights for Monday, 29 August 2016

A school of barracudas from North Seymour, Galapagos, Ecuador (photo courtesy of Franz Dejon)

View of the room from the perspective of the dais

On Monday, 29 August, the plenary of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument 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), convened briefly in the morning. It was followed by the informal working group on marine genetic resources, which focused on definitions, intellectual property rights and benefit-sharing.

The informal working group on area-based management tools, including marine protected areas, met throughout the day to consider: definitions, principles and approaches, and institutional arrangements.

Margo Deiye, Nauru, for Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)

Alice Revell and John Adank, New Zealand

Amb. Makurita Baaro, Kiribati

Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago

Zentaro Naganuma, Japan

Kimo Goree, Vice-President, IISD, with Sidney Kemble, the Netherlands

Sofia Tsenikli, Greenpeace

Cristian Laborda Mora, Chile

Catherine Boucher, Canada

Ismail Raushan, Maldives

Peggy Kalas, High Seas Alliance

Alistair Graham, Australia, and Cristian Laborda Mora, Chile

Daniela Diz, ENB, and Martijn Peijs, the Netherlands

Participants networking

Hector Celarié, El Salvador

Highlights for Tuesday, 30 August 2016

A school of barracudas from North Seymour, Galapagos, Ecuador (photo courtesy of Franz Dejon)

View of the dais during the plenary session

On Tuesday, 30 August, delegates at the second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument 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) continued to exchange views in the informal working group on area-based management tools, including marine protected areas, in the morning.

Following a brief plenary session, the informal working group on environmental impact assessment met for the rest of the day, to consider: definitions, principles and approaches; transboundary EIAs; criteria and thresholds; and governance.

Thembile Joyini, South Africa, with Diedre Mills, Jamaica

Cristian Laborda Mora, Chile, and Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica

Fiona Khan, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS), and Zakieh Taghizadeh, Iran

Henning Dobson Knudsen, Denmark, with Matthías Pálsson, Iceland

Lisa Speer, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Kristina Gjerde, IUCN

Natalie Morris-Sharma, Singapore

Juliette Babb-Riley, Barbados, reading the ENB

Paulus Tak, Pew Charitable Trusts, and Martijn Peijs, the Netherlands

Tidiani Couma and Florian Botto, Monaco

Alice Revell, New Zealand

From L-R: Asterios Tsioumanis and Elisa Morgera, IISD Reporting Services, with Duncan Currie, Greenpeace International

Highlights for Wednesday, 31 August 2016

View of the roon during the afternoon session

Sustainable Development Goals featured in the discussion on capacity building and the transfer of marine technology

On Wednesday, 31 August, the second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument 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) met briefly in plenary in the morning.

The informal working group on environmental impact assessment (EIA) also met in the morning, to continue a discussion of EIA governance and exchange views on strategic environmental assessment. The informal working group on capacity building and technology transfer met for the rest of the day, to consider principles and approaches, as well as specific proposals.

Evan Bloom, US, and Zentaro Naganuma, Japan

Driss Meski, International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, and Mohamed Atlassi, Morocco

Rishy Bukoree, Mauritius

Alice Revell, New Zealand

Charlotte Salpin, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS), and Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago

Zakieh Taghizadeh and Momtaz Djamchid, Iran

Rena Lee (Singapore), Facilitator of the informal working group on capacity building and transfer of marine technology

Tidiani Couma, Monaco, and Kimo Goree, Vice-President, IISD

Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica

Lizanne Aching, Trinidad and Tobago

Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS

James Ndirangu Waweru, Kenya

Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago, with Janine Coye-Felson, Belize

Jung So-hyun, Republic of Korea

Juliette Babb-Riley, Barbados

Christopher Katota, Zambia

Xinmin Ma, China

Despina Boubalos, Greece, and Sofia Tsenikli, Greenpeace

Wini Broadbelt and René Lefeber, the Netherlands

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, with the delegation of Monaco

Highlights for Thursday, 1 September 2016

View of the roon during the afternoon session

A view of the room during the plenary session

On Thursday, 1 September, the informal working group on capacity building and technology transfer met in the morning to continue discussions on technology transfer, institutional arrangements and funding.

The plenary reconvened for the rest of the day to discuss possible areas of convergence and areas for further discussion based on the report from the informal working group on marine genetic resources, including benefit-sharing.

Vita Onwuasoanya, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS), and Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS

Zakieh Taghizadeh and Momtaz Djamchid, Iran

Lucía Raffin, Argentina

Evan Bloom, US

Prim Masrinuan, Thailand for the Group of 77 and China

Hiroko Muraki Gottlieb, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Angel Horna, Peru

From L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Rena Lee (Singapore), Facilitator of the informal working group on capacity building and transfer of marine technology; Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS; and Vita Onwuasoanya, UNDOALOS

Josh Mitchell, Cook Islands

Diedre Mills, Jamaica

Stefán Ásmundsson, North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission, and Driss Meski, International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas

Participants consulting

Sidney Kemble, the Netherlands, with Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica

Sonoko Ichimura, and Zentaro Naganuma, Japan

Participants networking during the lunch break

John Brincat, EU, and Zentaro Naganuma, Japan

Highlights for Friday, 2 September 2016

View of the roon during the afternoon session

A view of the room during the plenary session

On Friday, 2 September, the second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument 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) convened in plenary throughout the day.

In the morning, plenary continued deliberations of possible areas of convergence and areas for further discussion on marine genetic resources, including benefit-sharing. Following an oral report by John Adank (New Zealand), facilitator of the informal working group on area-based management tools, including marine protected areas, plenary discussed possible areas of convergence and areas for further discussion, including on definitions, principles and approaches, and governance.

Gina Guillén-Grillo and Rolando Castro, Costa Rica

Martijn Peijs and Sidney Kemble, the Netherlands

James Ndirangu Waweru, Kenya, with Thembile Joyini, South Africa

Christian Prip, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, and Kimo Goree, Vice-President, IISD

Wini Broadbelt and René Lefeber, the Netherlands

John Brincat, EU, with Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica

Essam Yassin Mohammed, Eritrea

John Adank, New Zealand, facilitator of the informal working group on area-based management tools

Alistair Graham, Australia, and Jessica Battle, WWF

Martin Zvachula, Federated States of Micronesia, reading the ENB

Anca Leroy, EU, with Andreas Lunn, Denmark

The African Group conferring

From L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago; Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS; and Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS

Highlights for Tuesday, 6 September 2016

View of the roon during the afternoon session

View of the room from the perspective of the dais

On Tuesday, 6 September, the second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument 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) convened in plenary throughout the day.

Delegates continued discussions of possible areas of convergence and areas for further discussion on area-based management tools, including marine protected areas. They then considered possible areas of convergence and areas for further discussion on environmental impact assessments (EIAs), focusing on: transboundary impact assessments, monitoring and review, and stakeholder consultations.

Delegates also heard a partial report from Rena Lee (Singapore), the facilitator of the informal working group on capacity building and technology transfer.

Catherine Boucher, Canada, and Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway

 Zentaro Naganuma, Japan, with John Brincat, EU

Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica, and Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway

John Adank, New Zealand, and Michael Bliss, Australia

From L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago; Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS;

Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica

Essam Yassin Mohammed, Eritrea

Delegates conferring

From L-R: Ainhoa Pérez Puyol, Victor Escobar and Carlos García Soto, Spain

A moment of silence in memory of Ebenezer Apreku, Ghana

Highlights for Wednesday, 7 September 2016

View of the roon during the afternoon session

Delegates from the EU conferring

On Wednesday, 7 September, the second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument 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) convened in plenary in the morning and afternoon.

Following the oral report from Rena Lee (Singapore), the facilitator of the informal working group on capacity building and technology transfer, plenary continued discussions of possible areas of convergence and areas for further discussion on capacity building and technology transfer, focusing, among other things, on: special needs, scope, approach, modalities and relationship with existing mechanisms.

In addition, plenary heard a proposal on environmental impact assessments. The informal working group on cross-cutting issues, facilitated by Chair Charles, convened in the afternoon.

From L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Tamara Thomas, Adviser to the Chair; Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago; and Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS;

Yolannie Cerrato Corrales, Honduras

Thembile Joyini, South Africa, and Evan Bloom, US

Rishy Bukoree, Mauritius

Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica

Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway

Florian Botto, Monaco

Chandra Prakash Goyal, India

Rena Lee (Singapore), Facilitator of the informal working group on capacity building and transfer of marine technology

Marc Richir, EU

Kristina Gjerde, IUCN, with Michael Bliss, Australia

Lucía Raffin, Argentina, and Matthías Pálsson, Iceland

Matthías Pálsson, Iceland, with Cary Scott-Kemmis, Australia

Hector Celarié, El Salvador, and Yolannie Cerrato Corrales, Honduras

Highlights for Thursday, 8 September 2016

View of the roon during the afternoon session

Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago, and Charlotte Salpin, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS)

On Thursday, 8 September, delegates to the second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) 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) met in the informal working group on cross-cutting issues, facilitated by Chair Charles, throughout the day.

The informal working group considered: principles, including common heritage of mankind, high seas freedoms, and common but differentiated responsibilities; the ILBI scope; definitions; relationships of the ILBI with UNCLOS and other existing agreements; institutional arrangements; and state responsibility and liability.

Alice Revell and John Adank, New Zealand

Natalie Morris-Sharma, Singapore, and Evan Bloom, US

Lucía Raffin, Argentina

Alistair Graham, Australia

Cary Scott-Kemmis, Australia

Florian Botto, Monaco

Christoph Reusser, Switzerland

Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica

Veronica Frank, Greenpeace

Maria Pilikou, Cyprus

Wini Broadbelt and Sidney Kemble, the Netherlands

Anna Knyazeva, Russian Federation

John Brincat, EU

Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga, Mexico

Highlights for Friday, 9 September 2016

View of the roon during the afternoon session

Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago, gavelling the meeting to a close

On Friday, 9 September, delegates to the second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) 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) met in the informal working group on cross-cutting issues, facilitated by Chair Charles, in the morning. They discussed state responsibility and liability, dispute resolution, and transitional application.

Plenary met for the rest of the day to consider written, revised lists of points of possible areas of convergence and areas for further discussion on: marine genetic resources, including questions on benefit-sharing; area-based management tools, including marine protected areas; environmental impact assessments; and capacity building and technology transfer. Following a discussion of next steps, including a Chair’s reflection on areas for further discussion on cross-cutting issues and a non-paper to facilitate preparations for PrepCom 3, delegates watched a video message from Academy Award winner actress Emma Thompson about the need to develop strong international rules to protect the oceans. Chair Charles gavelled the meeting to a close at 6:26pm.

Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago, and Alice Hicuburundi, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS)

Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS, with Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago

From L-R: Tilani Silva, Sri Lanka; Thembile Joyini, South Africa; and Carlos García Soto, Spain

Veronica Frank and Duncan Currie, Greenpeace International

Barbara Boechat, Brazil, with Lucía Raffin, Argentina

Tim Packeiser, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Daniela Diz, IISD Reporting Services (IISD-RS)

Delegates from the EU conferring

John Brincat, EU, and Matthías Pálsson, Iceland

Momtaz Djamchid and Zakieh Taghizadeh, Iran

Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh, and Michael Bliss, Australia

Yolannie Cerrato Corrales, Honduras, and Susan Whelan, Holy See

John Brincat, EU

Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica

Students and Alumni of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS). From L-R: Lora Nordtvedt Reeve; Harriet Harden-Davies; Filimon Manoni; and Carole Durussel

James Ndirangu Waweru, Kenya

Participants watching a video by Greenpeace

From L-R: Tallash Kantai, IISD-RS; Elisa Morgera, IISD-RS; Daniela Diz, IISD-RS; Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica; and Asterios Tsioumanis, IISD-RS

Veronica Frank, Greenpeace

Group photo of the Leatherback Group

Around the Venue

Non-Violence, by Fredrik Reuterswärd

Sphere Within a Sphere, by Arnaldo Pomodoro

A view of the UN Headquarters from the rose garden

Reclining Figure: Hand, Henry Moore

The Japanese Peace Bell

A view of Long Island City, Queens from the UN Headquarters

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Specific funding for coverage of the 2nd 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,”
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