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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, 5 April 2017

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Sea fan corals and feather duster worm (photo courtesy of Marcelo Halpern)


On Wednesday, 5 April, the plenary of 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 throughout the day.

On area-based management tools (ABMTs), including marine protected areas (MPAs), delegates discussed three options: a global model, establishing a global institution to consider and decide on ABMT proposals; a hybrid model, reinforcing regional and sectoral organizations’ mandates through regional coordination mechanisms, and providing global guidance to enhance cooperation and global-level implementation oversight; and a regional and sectoral model, recognizing regional and sectoral bodies’ authority for decision making, monitoring and review of ABMTs with the ILBI providing general policy guidance to promote cooperation, without global-level oversight. On environmental impact assessments (EIAs), delegates discussed: assessing transboundary impacts, strategic environmental assessments, scientific review and consultation, other governance aspects and a clearinghouse mechanism.

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


Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway

Lois Young, Belize


Cristóbal Hernández Castillo, Chile

Rishy Bukoree, Mauritius


Michael Googan, Australia


Hina Saeed Baig, Pakistan

Zentaro Naganuma, Japan


Rolando Castro, Costa Rica

Essam Yassin Mohammed, Eritrea


L-R: Sophie Mirgaux and John Brincat, EU


Djamchid Momtaz, Iran

José Luis Fernández Valoni, Argentina


Matthías Pálsson, Iceland

Kate Neilson, New Zealand


Larisa Chernysheva, Russian Federation

Coumba Gaye, Senegal


Takehiro Nakamura, UN Environment

Sora Lokita, Indonesia


Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil



Duncan Muhumuza Laki, Uganda

Lizanne Aching, Trinidad and Tobago


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


Ariel Cayanan
, the Philippines


Ma Xinmin, China

Martin Zvachula, Federated States of Micronesia



Wini Broadbelt, EU


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil; Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS; and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS



Delegates from the EU consulting


Asheline Appleton, IISD RS, confers with Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway


Evan Bloom, US, in conversation with delegates from Mexico









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