On Thursday morning, delegates to the seventeenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-17) continued consideration of this year’s topic: “marine debris, plastics and microplastics.”
On inter-agency cooperation and coordination, delegates engaged in discussions following presentations from: Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Counsel, in his capacity as the UN-Oceans Focal Point, on UN-Oceans work; Dmitry Gonchar, UNDOALOS, demonstrating the new UN-OCEANS online inventory; and Juliette Babb-Riley, Barbados, Co-chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects, on the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment. Delegates also heard an update on the financial status of the Voluntary Trust Fund from UNDOALOS Director Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli.
Continuing with a general exchange of views that began on Monday morning, delegates then heard statements by countries, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, before considering the process for the selection of topics and panellists, and issues that could benefit from attention in future work of the UN General Assembly on ocean affairs and the law of the sea.
The meeting then adjourned to provide time for the Co-Chairs and secretariat to prepare the draft Co-Chairs’ summary to be reviewed by delegates on Friday.
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L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, UNDOALOS; Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel;
Co-Chair Nicholas Emiliou, Cyprus; Co-Chair Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru; Alice Hicuburundi, Secretary, ICP-17; Charlotte Salpin, Deputy
Secretary, ICP-17; and Dmitry Gonchar, UNDOALOS
Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel
Dmitry Gonchar, UNDOALOS, presented and demonstrated the new UN-OCEANS website to plenary
Juliette Babb-Riley, Barbados, Co-Chair, Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole of the
Regular Process, presented a report to plenary.
Kahlil Hassanali, Trinidad and Tobago
Diego Alejandro Albareda, IAC, in a conversation with Belen Fernandez,