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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

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Highlights for Friday, 7 April 2017


On Friday, 7 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. In the morning, delegates continued discussions on cross-cutting issues, including institutional arrangements, monitoring, review, compliance and dispute settlement.

Plenary then debated next steps in the process, including an updated, streamlined Chair’s non-paper based on submissions and PrepCom discussions, and draft substantive recommendations to the UN General Assembly, with an indication of areas of convergence. Delegates also shared expectations about the conduct, priorities and outcome of PrepCom 4. Confirming the need for expeditious intersessional preparations, Chair Duarte gaveled the meeting to a close at 3:47pm.

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of PrepCom 3 will be available on Monday, 10 April 2017, online at: http://enb.iisd.org/oceans/bbnj/prepcom3/

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Sora Lokita, Indonesia

Sabita Nakarmi, Nepal


Djamchid Momtaz, Iran

Horacio Sevilla Borja, Ecuador


Lisa Speer, Natural Resources Defense Council


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 Indonesia



Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil, with PrepCom 3 delegates


Highlights for Thursday, 6 April 2017

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


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


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)



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


Highlights for Wednesday, 5 April 2017

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


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


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


Evan Bloom, US, in conversation with delegates from Mexico


Highlights for Tuesday, 4 April 2017

On Tuesday, 4 April, 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 plenary in the morning and in the afternoon, with the informal working group on cross-cutting issues completing its work in the morning.

In the morning, Amb. Peter Thomson (Fiji), UN General Assembly President, encouraged delegates to bring cooperation, flexibility and determination to the BBNJ process and to participate in the upcoming Oceans Conference, stressing the importance of the BBNJ process in oceans stewardship. In the afternoon, plenary further discussed the scope of benefit-sharing from marine genetic resources, as well as access and benefit-sharing modalities.

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President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Peter Thomson, Fiji


President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Peter Thomson, Fiji

Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil


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


Peni Suveinakama, Fiji

Susan Whelan, Holy See


Janine Coye-Felson, Belize, Facilitator of the informal working group on
marine genetic resources


Riena Dwi Astuty, Indonesia

María Claudia Vélez Crismatt, Colombia


L-R: Sergey Leonidchenko, Russian Federation, in consultation with
Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga
, Mexico



Delegates from Latin America consulting


Highlights for Monday, 3 April 2017

On Monday, 3 April, 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 (CB&TT) in the morning. The informal working group on cross-cutting issues, facilitated by Chair Sobral Duarte, met for the rest of the day, addressing the scope of a new legally binding instrument, its relationship with other instruments and its possible institutional arrangements.

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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; and Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS


Peter Haugan, Chair of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group


Takehiro Nakamura, UN Environment

Kristina Gjerde, IUCN

Blaise Kuemlangan, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)


Alain Tellier, Canada


Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway

Rogelio Villanueva Jr., the Philippines


Delegates from Spain consulting



Leonito Bacalando Jr.
, Federated States of Micronesia, consulting with the Philippines


L-R: John Brincat, EU; Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga, Mexico; and
Gina Guillén-Grillo
, Costa Rica


L-R: Sergey Leonidchenko, Russian Federation, in conversation with Evan Bloom, US


Delegates from the Philippines


Highlights for Friday, 31 March 2017

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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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


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


Highlights for Thursday, 30 March 2017

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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L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); René Lefeber, the Netherlands, Facilitator of the informal working group on environmental impact assessments; Yoshinobu Takei, UNDOALOS; and Michael Schewchuk, UNDOALOS


Lizanne Aching, Trinidad and Tobago

Natalie Morris-Sharma, Singapore


Kristina Gjerde, IUCN

Jihyun Lee, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)


L-R: Tom Diederen, the Netherlands, with Henning Dobson, Denmark


PrepCom 3 participants


L-R: Tidiani Couma, Monaco; Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS; Daniela Diz, WWF; Angel Horna,
Peru; and Florian Botto, Monaco


L-R: Bello Aliyu Waziri, Eva Omotese, and Babajide Alo, Nigeria


Highlights for Wednesday, 29 March 2017

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


Haryo Budi Nugroho, Indonesia

Lois Young, Belize


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


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


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


Highlights for Tuesday, 28 March 2017

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


Zhang Haiwen, China

Nundini Pertaub, Mauritius


Jihyun Lee, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Salvatore Aricò, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)


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


Florian Botto, Monaco

Martin Zvachula, Federated States of Micronesia


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


Highlights for Monday, 27 March 2017

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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View of the opening session chaired by Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil


Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel, on behalf of UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil


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

Ali Nasimfar, Iran


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

Drusila Esther Bayate, the Philippines


View of the room of PrepCom 3 from the perspective of the dais


Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh

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

Kamal Shali Ghimire, Nepal


Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga, Mexico

Alain Tellier, Canada

José Luis Fernández Valoni, Argentina



Rena Lee
, Singapore

Evan Bloom, US


Jihyun Lee and Joseph Appiott, Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat


Delegates from the African Group consulting




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IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the European Union, the Government of Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)), the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2017 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, SWAN International, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES).