Highlights and images for 4 April 2019


Highlights for Thursday, 4 April 2019

L-R: Joan Yang, Nauru; Antoine Misonne, Belgium; Martín Mainero, Argentina; and Wini Broadbelt, the Netherlands

Delegates at the second session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) convened in an informal working group on cross-cutting issues on Thursday.They considered:

  • the clearinghouse mechanism;
  • review, including financial resources, compliance and liability;
  • final clauses;
  • definition of key terms;
  • general principles and approaches;
  • scope.
  • During the lunch break, delegates attended the last side-events of the meeting: “30x30: A Blueprint for Ocean Protection - and how the global ocean treaty can deliver that,” presented by Greenpeace; “Measuring progress in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 on the basis of the indicator for target 14.c: UN-Oceans’ proposed methodology,” presented by UN-Oceans.In the corridors, some delegates considered the trek through the labyrinth of options in parts of the document as “a painful, but essential exercise” to further develop mutual understanding. Others were less enthusiastic: at the end of the session, two veterans said that progress felt like “one step forward, two steps back,” or “tap dancing on the spot.”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, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from BBNJ IGC 2. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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    Informal Working Group on Cross-Cutting Issues
    L-R: IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore; Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS; and Bart Smit Duijzentkunst, UNDOALOS

    Diedre Mills, Jamaica, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
    Alain Tellier, Canada
    Matthías Pálsson, Iceland
    Margo Deiye, Nauru, on behalf of Pacific Small Island Developing States (P-SIDS)
    Luke Roughton, New Zealand
    Juan Cuéllar Torres, Colombia, on behalf of the Like-Minded Latin American Countries
    Sora Lokita, Indonesia
    Metod Špaček, EU
    L-R: Kukhyun Ahn and Jung So-Hyun, Republic of Korea

    Hiroko Muraki Gottlieb, International Council of Environmental Law
    Camille Loth, World Wide Fund for Nature
    Lionel Yee, Singapore
    Evan Bloom, US
    Essam Yassin Mohammed, Eritrea
    Sergey Leonidchenko, Russian Federation
    Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
    Justin Whyatt, Australia
    L-R: IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore and Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS
    Steve Fletcher, UN Environment Programme
    Mamadou Diallo, Senegal
    Gillian Shirley Malielegaoi, Samoa
    Zeynep Gūdūk, Turkey
    L-R: Martín Mainero, Argentina, consulting with Joan Yang, Nauru
    L-R: John Fintakpa Lamega, Togo, with Serge Ségura, Ambassador for Oceans, France
    L-R: Arne Langlet and Alice Vadrot, University of Vienna, Austria
    Delegates from Australia
    Delegates from Nigeria