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18th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on
Oceans and the Law of the Sea - The Effects of Climate Change on Oceans

15-19 May 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Monday, 15 May 2017

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A view of UN Headquarters, venue for the 18th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

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The eighteenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-18) opened on 15 May 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York, under the theme: “The effects of climate change on oceans.” In the morning, delegates heard opening remarks from: Co-Chairs Gustavo Meza-Cuadra and Kornelios Korneliou; Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs; Thomas Gass, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), on behalf of Wu Hongbo, UN DESA; Shifaana Thowfeequ, Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), on behalf of Acting Under-Secretary General Heidi Schroderus-Fox; Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly; and Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole (AHWGW) Juliette Babb-Riley and Carolyn Schwalger.

In the afternoon, Co-Chair Korneliou introduced the informal session, a discussion panel on “the effects of climate change on oceans, including environmental, social and economic implications.” Delegates heard presentations on: findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report and preparations for the Sixth Assessment; ecosystem services and climate change, including thermal adaptation; climate projections and predictions: challenges and possible solutions; the effects of climate change on the coasts of a highly vulnerable and Megadiverse Country: the case of Colombia; effects of climate change on the oceans (via webcast); and oceanic impacts on regional climate and the Argo Programme.

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View of the dais

Co-Chair Kornelios Korneliou, Cyprus

Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly

Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Shifaana Thowfeequ, UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)

Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs

Co-Chair Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru

Juliette Babb-Riley, Co-Chair, Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole (AHWGW)

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

Carmen Mifsud, Malta, speaking for the EU

Carolyn Schwalger, Co-Chair, AHWGW

Diedre Mills, Jamaica

Isaías Medina Mejías, Venezuela

Andi Eka Sakya, Indonesia

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group

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

Lucía Raffin, Argentina

Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga

Sesselja Sigurðardóttir, Iceland

Kate Neilson, New Zealand

Luke Daunivalu, Fiji

Delegates from Indonesia

Presentations

View of the panel during the afternoon session

Ko Barrett, Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Françoise Gaill, Committee for Marine and Coastal Research, France

Fangli Qiao, Government Secretary General and Deputy Director General, First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, China

Philip Sutton, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand

Francisco Armando Arias Isaza, Institute of Marine Research, Colombia

Elva Escobar Briones, National Autonomous University of Mexico, talked about the effects of climate change on the oceans (via webcast)

Around the Venue

Sphere Within a Sphere, by Arnaldo Pomodoro

Non-Violence, by Fredrik Reuterswärd

A view of Long Island City, Queens from the UN Headquarters


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Oceans and the Law of the Sea, has been provided by the European Union (EU) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
EU Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

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