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4th 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

10-21 July 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Tuesday, 11 July 2017

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A pufferfish from Cozumel, Mexico (photo courtesy of Marcelo Halpern)

On Tuesday, 11 July, PrepCom 4's informal working group on marine genetic resources (MGRs), addressed: the nature of benefits; benefit-sharing modalities; intellectual property rights; monitoring of utilization of MGRs; a clearinghouse mechanism; and capacity building and technology transfer.

The informal working group on measures such as area-based management tools (ABMTs), including marine protected areas (MPAs), facilitated by Alice Revell (New Zealand), discussed: objectives, guiding principles and approaches, criteria for identifying areas in need of protection; and the process for establishing ABMTs, including decision-making.

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L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Janine Coye-Felson, Belize, Facilitator of the informal working group on marine genetic resources; Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS; and Michele Ameri, UNDOALOS


Dominic Misiolo Sofe, Samoa

Riena Dwi Astuty, Indonesia


Zha Hyoung Rhee, Republic of Korea

Hina Saeed Baig, Pakistan


Zentaro Naganuma, Japan

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

Leonito Bacalando Jr., Federated States of Micronesia


Rogelio Villanueva Jr., the Philippines

José Luis Fernández Valoni, Argentina

Essam Yassin Mohammed, Eritrea


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

Zakieh Taghizadeh, Iran

Shara Duncan, Costa Rica


Sergey Leonidchenko, Russian Federation, making an intervention


Konrad Marciniak, EU

Hiroko Muraki Gottlieb, IUCN


Jessica Battle, WWF

Alain Tellier, Canada

Sabita Nakarmi, Nepal



Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland, making an intervention


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; Alice Revell, New Zealand, Facilitator of the informal working group on ABMTs, including MPAs; and Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS


Sophie Mirgaux, EU



Ma Xinmin, China

Kate Neilson, New Zealand

Aboubacar Oulare, Guinea


Fred Sarufa, Papua New Guinea

Drusila Esther Bayate, the Philippines

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


Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga

Evan Bloom, US


Mirriam Lidimani, Solomon Islands


L-R: Luis Oña Garcés, Ecuador, in a conversation with Zakieh Taghizadeh, Iran


Alexander Shestakov (center), WWF, in a discussion with delegates from the Russian Federation


L-R: Florian Botto, Monaco; Sergio Carvalho, Portugal; Tidiani Couma, Monaco; and Stella Bartolini Cavicchi, World Ocean Council






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