Highlights and images of main proceedings for 17 September 2018

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Highlights for Monday, 17 September 2018

UNDOALOS consulting with the UN Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC)

On Monday, 17 September, the closing 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 heard a report of the Credentials Committee. President Lee provided an overview of progress made during IGC-1, including: different options on funding; procedural options on area-based management tools and marine protected areas; practical modalities for environmental impact assessments; and approaches to move forward on access and benefit-sharing from marine genetic resources. She confirmed that she will prepare a document, well in advance of IGC-2, to facilitate text-based negotiations, containing treaty language and reflecting options on the four elements of the package. She lauded delegates’ flexibility, commitment, and well-prepared interventions, and gaveled the meeting to a close at 10:41 am.

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: 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
Carl Grainger, Ireland, presented the Credentials Committee Report
Ma Xinmin, China
Miguel de Serpa Soares, Secretary-General of the IGC, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel
Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS
View of the IGC plenary
IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore, gaveled the meeting to a close at 10:41 am
IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore, (center) with the UNDOALOS and OLC teams
Delegates from India
IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore, (center), with delegates from Indonesia
L-R: Asterios Tsioumanis, ENB; Asheline Appleton, ENB; IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore; Daniela Diz, ENB; Franz Dejon, ENB; and Elisa Morgera, ENB