Highlights and images for 30 August 2016


On Tuesday, 30 August, delegates at the second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument 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 (BBNJ) continued to exchange views in the informal working group on area-based management tools, including marine protected areas, in the morning.

Following a brief plenary session, the informal working group on environmental impact assessment met for the rest of the day, to consider: definitions, principles and approaches; transboundary EIAs; criteria and thresholds; and governance.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report in English and French from the 2nd Session of the Preparatory Committee Established by the UN General Assembly Resolution 69/292 “Development of an International Legally Binding Instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction.”
Photos by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis
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Thembile Joyini, South Africa, with Diedre Mills, Jamaica

Cristian Laborda Mora, Chile, and Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica

Fiona Khan, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS), and Zakieh Taghizadeh, Iran

Henning Dobson Knudsen, Denmark, with Matthías Pálsson, Iceland

Lisa Speer, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Kristina Gjerde, IUCN

Natalie Morris-Sharma, Singapore

Juliette Babb-Riley, Barbados, reading the ENB

Paulus Tak, Pew Charitable Trusts, and Martijn Peijs, the Netherlands

Mohamed Atlassi, Morocco

Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga, Mexico

Alice Hicuburundi, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS)

Lizanne Aching, Trinidad and Tobago

Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway

Wini Broadbelt, EU

Rolando Castro, Costa Rica

Jessica Battle, WWF

Babajide Alo, Nigeria

Jean Kenfack, Cameroon

Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh

Tidiani Couma and Florian Botto, Monaco

Alice Revell, New Zealand

Isaías Medina Mejías, Venezuela

René Lefeber, Facilitator of the informal working group on Environmental Impact Assessments, the Netherlands

Michael Bliss, Australia

Tilani Silva, Sri Lanka

Matthías Pálsson, Iceland

From L-R: Asterios Tsioumanis and Elisa Morgera, IISD Reporting Services, with Duncan Currie, Greenpeace International

Around the Venue

Friend of Peace, Vasko Taskovski

Grand Carnaval 2, René Portocarrero

A view of Long Island City, Queens from the UN Headquarters


Negotiating blocs
European Union