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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 Wednesday, 29 March 2017

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A variety of soft and hard corals from Cozumel, Mexico (photo courtesy of Marcelo Halpern)


On Wednesday, 29 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 area-based management tools (ABMTs), including marine protected areas (MPAs). The informal working group focused on: definitions; process, including submission of proposals, assessment, review and monitoring; and approaches and principles. In the afternoon, following a short plenary, the informal working group on environmental impact assessments (EIAs) started its work.

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


Jihyun Lee, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

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



Haryo Budi Nugroho, Indonesia

Lois Young, Belize


Yves Suter, Switzerland

Sameer Ghazi, Saudi Arabia


Danica Stent, New Zealand

Rena Lee, Singapore


L-R: John Brincat and Sophie Mirgaux, EU


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Alice Revell, New Zealand,
Facilitator of the informal working group on ABMTs, including MPAs; and Valentina Germani, UNDOALOS



Angel Horna, Peru

Jeem Lippwe, Federated States of Micronesia


Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga, Mexico

Rolando Castro, Costa Rica


Hina Saeed Baig, Pakistan

Michael Googan, Australia


Liz Karan, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Stefan Ásmundsson, North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission

Peter Hamilton Flewwelling, North Pacific Fisheries Commission


Darius Campbell, Commission of the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (the ‘OSPAR Convention')

Duncan Currie, Greenpeace International

Cristóbal Hernández Castillo, Chile



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


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; René Lefeber, the Netherlands, Facilitator of the informal working group on environmental impact assessments; and Yoshinobu Takei, UNDOALOS


Sergey Leonidchenko, Russian Federation

Rogelio Villanueva Jr., the Philippines


Linlin Li, China

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria



Julian Jackson, The Pew Charitable Trusts, in conversation with delegates from Ireland


Michael Googan, Australia, in conversation with Natalie Morris-Sharma, Singapore



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