Highlights and images for 5–17 September 2018



Delegates from the African Group in consultations

Delegates at the first session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) continued to exchange general statements in a morning plenary. In the afternoon, they convened in an informal working group on capacity building and technology transfer, focusing on:

•    legal nature;

•    objectives;

•    modalities; and

•    institutional aspects.For extensive details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily reports and daily web coverage from BBNJ IGC 1. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a summary and analysis report from the meeting.


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L-R: IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore; Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS; and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS
Ayodhia Kalake, Indonesia
Antonio Gumende, Mozambique
Juan Sandoval-Mendiolea, Mexico
Tetsuya Yoshimoto, Japan
Viliami Va‘inga Tōnē, Tonga
Evan Bloom, US
View of the IGC plenary session
Lydia Slobodian, IUCN
Lucía Solano, Colombia
Peggy Kalas, High Seas Alliance
Ana Elizabeth Villatta Vizcorra, El Salvador
Melanie Virtue, Convention on Migratory Species Secretariat
Jihyun Lee, Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat
Hiroko Muraki Gottlieb, International Council of Environmental Law
Monica Otaru, Tanzania
Takehiro Nakamura, UN Environment Programme
Babajide Alo, Nigeria
René Lefeber, the Netherlands
Essam Yassin Mohammed, Eritrea
Origami depicting marine biodiversity
IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore
IGC Informal Working Group Facilitator Olai Uludong, Palau
Mohamed Lamine Sidibe, Guinea
Emad Morcos Mattar, Egypt
Sergey Leonidchenko, Russian Federation
Ma Xinmin, China
IGC Informal Working Group Facilitator Olai Uludong, Palau, summarizing inputs from participants
Panelists from the CBD side event
Participants from the National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea (MABIK)



Negotiating blocs
African Group