Highlights and images for 14–17 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