Highlights and images for 4 April 2017


On Tuesday, 4 April, delegates to the third session of the Preparatory Committee on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (PrepCom 3) convened in plenary in the morning and in the afternoon, with the informal working group on cross-cutting issues completing its work in the morning.

In the morning, Amb. Peter Thomson (Fiji), UN General Assembly President, encouraged delegates to bring cooperation, flexibility and determination to the BBNJ process and to participate in the upcoming Oceans Conference, stressing the importance of the BBNJ process in oceans stewardship. In the afternoon, plenary further discussed the scope of benefit-sharing from marine genetic resources, as well as access and benefit-sharing modalities.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has providing daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from the 3rd 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.” Our summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF.

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President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Peter Thomson, Fiji

President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Peter Thomson, Fiji

Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil

L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); President of the UN General
Assembly, Amb. Peter Thomson, Fiji; Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil; Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS; and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS

Margo Deiye, Nauru, on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)

Daniela Diz, WWF

Peni Suveinakama, Fiji

Susan Whelan, Holy See

Alain Tellier, Canada

Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway

Driss Meski, Executive Secretary, International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)

Veronika Frank, Greenpeace International on behalf of the High Seas Alliance

Evan Bloom, US

Rolando Castro
, Costa Rica

Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga
, Mexico

José Luis Fernández Valoni, Argentina

Janine Coye-Felson, Belize, Facilitator of the informal working group on
marine genetic resources

Riena Dwi Astuty, Indonesia

María Claudia Vélez Crismatt, Colombia

Ma Xinmin, China

Alice Revell, New Zealand

Maruthadu Sudhakar, India

Metod Špaček, EU

Essam Yassin Mohammed, Eritrea

Rishy Bukoree, Mauritius

Hiroko Muraki Gottlieb, IUCN

Maria Rowena Romana-Eguia, the Philippines

L-R: President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Peter Thomson, Fiji, in conversation with
Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil

L-R: Sergey Leonidchenko, Russian Federation, in consultation with

Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga
, Mexico

Delegates from Latin America consulting

Amb. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN and Special Envoy on Climate Change
and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in conversation with delegates from Kenya