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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 Friday, 31 March 2017

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A variety of puffer fish hiding among the corals (photo courtesy of Marcelo Halpern)


On Friday, 31 March, delegates to 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) convened in the informal working group on capacity building and technology transfer throughout the day. Discussions focused on: scope, principles and modalities of capacity building and technology transfer; links with other elements of a new legally binding instrument; intellectual property rights; a clearinghouse mechanism; funding; and monitoring and review.

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


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

Luis Oña Garcés, Ecuador, on behalf of the G-77/China


Ismail Raushan Zahir, Maldives, on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group


Margo Deiye, Nauru, on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)

Marc Richir, EU


Christopher Katota, Zambia, on behalf of Landlocked Developing Countries


Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh

Dhisadee Chamlongrasdr, Thailand


Thembile Joyini, South Africa

Christoph Reusser, Switzerland

Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga


Zentaro Naganuma, Japan


Hina Saeed Baig
, Pakistan

Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway


Linlin Li, China

Cristóbal Hernández Castillo, Chile


Michael Lodge, Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority (ISA), delivering his intervention


Yolannie Cerrato, Honduras

Kate Neilson, New Zealand


Siai Taylor, Cook Islands

Carlos Garcia Reyes, Guatemala


Duncan Currie, Greenpeace International

Michael Lodge, Secretary-General, ISA


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


Thembile Joyini, South Africa, consulting with Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria


Michael Googan, Australia, in conversation with delegates from Norway


Delegates from GRULAC in informal consultations







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