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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 Thursday, 6 April 2017

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On Thursday, 6 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) met throughout the day. Delegates continued discussions on environmental impact assessments, and then tackled capacity building and technology transfer, and cross-cutting issues, including institutional arrangements, monitoring, review, compliance and dispute settlement.

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Cristóbal Hernández Castillo, Chile

Maruthadu Sudhakar, India


Duncan Currie, Greenpeace International

Lydia Slobodian, IUCN


Mamadou Diallo, Senegal


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga, Mexico; Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS; and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS


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)

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


Leonito Bacalando Jr., Federated States of Micronesia

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


Marc Richir, EU


Siai Taylor, Cook Islands

Luke Roughton, New Zealand


Dongmei Tang, China

Paulo Chiarelli, Brazil


Dilli Raj Ghimire, Nepal

Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga


Harriet Harden-Davies, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

Aldo Alexandrow, Venezuela


Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil



Diedre Mills, Jamaica

Carlos Garcia, Guatemala


Alain Tellier, Canada


Randy Bumbury
, Guyana


Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria



Evan Bloom
, US, in a conversation with Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil



Delegates from the African Group consulting


L-R: Angel Horna, Peru; Derek Campbell, US; Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS;
and Javier Gorostegui, Chile


L-R: Maria Claudia Velez Crismatt, Colombia; Luis Orozco, Colombia;
and Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica


L-R: Anca Leroy, France, in conversation with Susan Whelan, the Holy See


Delegates from the EU consulting









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