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3rd 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”

27 March - 7 April 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Tuesday, 28 March 2017

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Crocheted mascots, distributed by the High Seas Alliance, encouraging the establishment of an
Intergovernmental Committee on BBNJ in 2018


On Tuesday, 28 March, delegates to the the third session of the Preparatory Committee on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (PrepCom 3) reconvened in the informal working group on marine genetic resources in the morning. Deliberations focused on benefit-sharing modalities and on the possible establishment of a clearinghouse. Following a brief plenary, the informal working group on area-based management tools (ABMTs), including marine protected areas (MPAs), convened in the afternoon, focusing on objectives and definitions.

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Bird's eye view of PrepCom 3 plenary session


Sergey Leonidchenko, Russian Federation

Thembile Joyini, South Africa



Margo Deiye, Nauru

Essam Yassin Mohammed, Eritrea


Susan Whelan, Holy See

Napoleon Beras, Dominican Republic


Zhang Haiwen, China

Nundini Pertaub, Mauritius


L-R: Konrad Marciniak and John Brincat, EU



Christoph Reusser, Switzerland

T. Suka Mangisi, Tonga


Jihyun Lee, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Salvatore Aricò, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)


Kristina Gjerde, IUCN

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


Jessica Battle, WWF


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Janine Coye-Felson, Belize, Facilitator of the informal working group on marine genetic resources; and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil; and Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Alice Revell, New Zealand, Facilitator of the informal working group on ABMTs, including MPAs; Valentina Germani, UNDOALOS; and Carlos Fuentes, UNDOALOS


Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil

Alice Revell, New Zealand, Facilitator of the informal working group on ABMTs, including MPAs


Florian Botto, Monaco

Martin Zvachula, Federated States of Micronesia


Isaías Medina Mejías, Venezuela

Babayide Alo, Nigeria


L-R: Tidiani Couma, Monaco, in conversation with Angel Horna, Peru


Alice Revell, New Zealand, Facilitator of the informal working group on ABMTs, including
MPAs, with Martin Zvachula, Federated States of Micronesia


Thembile Joyini, South Africa, consulting with Luis Oña Garcés, Ecuador



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