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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 Thursday, 13 July 2017

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On Thursday, 13 July, the informal working group on capacity building and technology transfer continued discussions in the morning, focusing on: objectives, principles, modalities, clearinghouse mechanism, funding, monitoring and review, and definitions.

The informal working group on crosscutting issues, facilitated by Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil, focused on: institutional arrangements, including a decision-making forum, a scientific/technical body, a clearinghouse, a financial mechanism, dispute settlement, responsibility and liability, and review; and the preamble of an international legally binding instrument.

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L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Rena Lee, Singapore, Facilitator of the informal working group on capacity building and transfer of marine technology; Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS; and Vita Onwuasoanya, UNDOALOS


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

Sabita Nakarmi, Nepal


Faiyaz Murshid Kazi, Bangladesh

Marc Richir, EU

Carlos García Reyes, Guatemala


Saifu George, Sierra Leone

Jorge Dotta, Uruguay

Vladimir Ryabinin, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)


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

Riena Dwi Astuty, Indonesia


Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway

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

Dhisadee Chamlongrasdr, Thailand


James Ndirangu Waweru, Kenya

Rogelio Villanueva Jr., the Philippines

Mohamed Atlassi, Morocco


Audrey Naana Abayena, Ghana

Tatiana Shuvalova, Russian Federation


Luke Tang, Singapore

Jean Kenfack, Cameroon

Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga


Alain Tellier, Canada

Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga, Mexico

Zentaro Naganuma, Japan


Estrella Tulay, the Philippines

Landisang Kotaro, Palau


Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil, facilitating the informal working group on crosscutting issues


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Barbara Boechat, Brazil; Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil; Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS; and Michele Ameri, UNDOALOS


Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland

Zakieh Taghizadeh, Iran


Metod Špaček, EU


Duncan Currie, Greenpeace

Evan Bloom, US

Oleg Rykov, Russian Federation


Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group

Aboubacar Oulare, Guinea

Florian Botto, Monaco


L-R: Zentaro Naganuma, Japan, in a conversation with Matthías Pálsson, Iceland


Delegates from the Caribbean Community


Delegates from Germany








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