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17th Meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process
on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-17) - Marine Debris, Plastics and Microplastics

13-17 June 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York

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Participants observing a moment of silence for the victims of recent terror attacks in Orlando, US.

The seventeenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-17) opened on 13 June 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York, under the theme: “Marine debris, plastics and microplastics.” In the morning, delegates heard opening remarks from: Co-Chair Amb. Gustavo Meza-Cuadra; Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel; Lenni Montiel, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), on behalf of Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; and Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, UN Office of Legal Affairs (UNDOALOS). Statements by countries and regional groups followed.

In the afternoon, Co-Chair Amb. Nicholas Emiliou invited delegates to participate in a discussion panel on “the environmental, social and economic dimensions of marine debris, plastics and microplastics and progress made in preventing, reducing and controlling pollution from marine debris, plastics and microplastics.” Presentations were given on: insights from the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) report on microplastics; insights from the World Ocean Assessment; an overview of land-based sources of marine debris; marine pollution originating from purse seine and longline fishing vessel operations in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean; collection of ship waste in Belgian seaports; and the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) work to address marine debris, plastics and microplastics.

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Opening Plenary

L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Lenni Montiel, Assistant-Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA); and Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel



Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel


Co-Chair Amb. Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru



Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS


Lenni Montiel, Assistant-Secretary-General for Economic
Development, DESA


L-R: Co-Chair Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru; Alice Hicuburundi, Secretary, ICP-17; Charlotte Salpin, Deputy Secretary, ICP-17; and
Dmitry Gonchar, UNDOALOS


Mahlatse Mminele, South Africa, on behalf of the African Group


Chulamanee Chartsuwan
, Thailand, on behalf of G-77/China

Sidney Kemble, EU


Ahmed Sareer, Maldives, on behalf of Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)


Margo Deiye
, Nauru, on behalf of Pacific SIDS

Florian Botto, Monaco


L-R: Prim Masrinuan, Thailand, in a conversation with Joseph Appiott, Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD)



Sae Horikawa, Japan


Sergey Leonidchenko
, Russian Federation

Lizanne Aching, Trinidad and Tobago


John Arbogast, US


Natalie Morris-Sharma
, Singapore

Jo Høvik, Norway


Delegates from Indonesia

Presentations

L-R: Co-Chairs Amb. Nicholas Emiliou, Cyprus, and Amb. Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru



Slide presentation of Lorna Inniss, Coordinator, UNEP, Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit, showing the various marine litter vortices in our oceans


Slide presentation of Jenna Jambeck, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, University of Georgia, showing plastic wastes from land into the ocean


Jenna Jambeck, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, University of Georgia

Lorna Inniss, Coordinator, UNEP, Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit

Kelly Richardson, Former Marine Debris Consultant, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)


Slide presentation of Kelly Richardson, Former Marine Debris Consultant, SPREP, showing the effects of
land-based litter to the ocean environment



Stefan Micallef, Director, Marine Environment Division, IMO


Peter Van den Dries
, Policy Advisor, Flemish Waste Agency


Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica

Peni Suveinakama, Fiji

Christine Prekezes, HELMEPA






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