Highlights and images of main proceedings for 16 June 2016

Summary

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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Plenary

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


Co-Chair Nicholas Emiliou, Cyprus

Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, UNDOALOS


Dmitry Gonchar, UNDOALOS

Angel Horna, Peru


Thembile Joyini, South Africa

M. Koteswara Rao, India

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


Alice Hicuburundi, Secretary, ICP-17

Hiroko Muraki Gottlieb, IUCN


Gritakumar Chitty, Sri Lanka

Yolannie Cerrato Corrales, Honduras

Rishy Bukoree, Mauritius


Joseph Appiott
, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Luke Daunivalu, Fiji

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, Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles (IAC)


Sesselja Sigurðardóttir
, Iceland

Julian Barbière, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

Sigrid Lüber, Ocean Care


Belen Fernandez
, the Philippines

Barbara Boechat, Brazil

Diego Alejandro Albareda, IAC, in a conversation with Belen Fernandez,
the Philippines