Highlights and images for 13 September 2018



Delegates from Sri Lanka and Spain

On Thursday, 13 September 2018, 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 (ABNJ), the informal working group on marine genetic resources (MGRs) continued to exchange views on:

•    access and benefit-sharing (ABS);

•    monitoring; and

•    definitions and principles.

The informal working group on area-based management tools (ABMTs) completed its work, and was followed by a short plenary. 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.


Photos by IISD/ENB | Francis Dejon

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L-R: MGRs Informal Working Group Facilitator Janine Coye-Felson, Belize; Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS
Juliette Babb-Riley, Barbados, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
Humberto Gómez, Ecuador
Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, International Seabed Authority
Ola Zahran, World Intellectual Property Organization
Diedre Mills, Jamaica
Ma Xinmin, China
Jihyun Lee, Convention on Biological Diversity
Hiroko Muraki Gottlieb, International Council of Environmental Law
Blaise Kuemlangan, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
Susana Salvador, OSPAR Commission
Peter Hamilton Flewwelling, North Pacific Fisheries Commission
Peni Suveinakama, Pacific Island Forum Secretariat
L-R: Konrad Marciniak and Anca Leroy, EU
Kent Bressie, International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC)
Kristina Gjerde, IUCN
Jessica Battle, WWF
Liz Karan, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group
Takehiro Nakamura, UNEP
View of the Informal Working Group on ABMTs
ABMTs Informal Working Group Facilitator Alice Revell, New Zealand
Alejandro Alday, Mexico
Simon Nemtzov, Israel
Shara Duncan, Costa Rica
Miguel de Serpa Soares, Secretary-General of the IGC, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel
IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore
Delegates from China
Delegates from Australia
L-R: ICPC side-event panelists: Robert Wargo; Nigel Irvine; Alice de Juvigny; Graham Evans; Kent Bressie; and Ron Rapp