Highlights and images of main proceedings for 14 September 2018


Highlights for Friday, 14 September 2018

Delegates from Canada, Norway, Australia, and Japan in discussion

On Friday, 14 September, the plenary of 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) heard reports from Informal Working Groups on:

  • capacity building and technology transfer (CB&TT);
  • area-based management tools (ABMTs);
  • environmental impact assessments (EIAs); and
  • marine genetic resources (MGRs), including questions on benefit-sharing.
  • Plenary also discussed the way forward. 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: Miguel de Serpa Soares, Secretary-General of the IGC, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel; IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore; and Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS
    CB&TT Informal Working Group Facilitator Olai Uludong, Palau
    ABMTs Informal Working Group Facilitator Alice Revell, New Zealand
    MGRs Informal Working Group Facilitator Janine Coye-Felson, Belize
    EIAs Informal Working Group Facilitator René Lefeber, the Netherlands
    Emad Morcos Mattar, Egypt, on behalf of the G-77/China
    Shara Duncan, Costa Rica
    Andreas Papaconstantinou, EU
    Abbas Bagherpour, Iran
    Francisco González, Colombia
    Martin Zvachula, Federated States of Micronesia
    Margo Deiye, Nauru, on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States
    Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group
    L-R: Kimo Goree, IISD Reporting Services, and Christian Prip, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), Norway
    Sergey Leonidchenko, Russian Federation
    Ismail Raushan Zahir, Maldives, on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
    Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
    Evan Bloom,US
    Liliana Matos, Venezuela
    Ma Xinmin, China
    View of the IGC plenary
    Peggy Kalas, High Seas Alliance
    Lydia Slobodian, IUCN
    Hiroko Muraki Gottlieb, International Council of Environmental Law
    Jay Francis Alcantara, the Philippines
    Matilda Bartley, Pacific Island Forum
    Dekalega Fintakpa Lamega, Togo
    Delegates from Africa with IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore
    Delegates from Chile
    Delegates from the European region
    Delegates from the CARICOM
    Delegates from the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and the Netherlands
    Delegates from the Netherlands