Highlights and images for 11–17 September 2018



L-R: Michael Lodge, Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority, in conversation with Maruthadu Sudhakar, India

The informal working group on environmental impact assessments (EIAs) focused on:

•    decision-making process;

•    monitoring, review, and reporting; and

•    strategic environmental assessments.

The informal working group on marine genetic resources (MGRs), facilitated by Janine Coye-Felson (Belize), considered material, geographical, and temporal scope. 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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EIAs Informal Working Group Facilitator René Lefeber, the Netherlands
Matthías Pálsson, Iceland
Saravanane Narayanane, India
Jessica Battle, WWF
Cymie Payne, IUCN
Lisa Speer, Natural Resources Defense Council
Wini Broadbelt, EU
Jeem Lippwe, Federated States of Micronesia
Margo Deiye, Nauru, on behalf of the Pacific-Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)
Sergey Leonidchenko, Russian Federation
Ma Xinmin, China
Duncan Currie, High Seas Alliance
John Fox, Fiji
L-R: EIAs Informal Working Group Facilitator René Lefeber, the Netherlands; Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Michele Ameri, UNDOALOS; and Fernando Cabrera Díaz, UNDOALOS
IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore
MGRs Informal Working Group Facilitator Janine Coye-Felson, Belize
Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group
Drusila Bayate, the Philippines
Juliette Babb-Riley, Barbados, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
Emad Morcos Mattar, Egypt, on behalf of the G-77/China
View of MGRs Informal Working Group in session
Rishy Bukoree, Mauritius
María Claudia Vélez Crismatt, Colombia
Matilda Bartley, Samoa
Gabrielle Chin, New Zealand
Delegates from Germany
L-R: Panelists from the side event on "Capacity Building: International Negotiations and Diplomacy" with Ronán Long; Lisa Eurén Höglund; Essam Yassin Mohammed; Alvin Leong; Marimalia Rodriguez Chaves; and François Bailet