Highlights and images of main proceedings for 28 March 2017

Summary

On Tuesday, 28 March, delegates to the 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) reconvened in the informal working group on marine genetic resources in the morning. Deliberations focused on benefit-sharing modalities and on the possible establishment of a clearinghouse. Following a brief plenary, the informal working group on area-based management tools (ABMTs), including marine protected areas (MPAs), convened in the afternoon, focusing on objectives and definitions.

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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Bird's eye view of PrepCom 3 plenary session

Sergey Leonidchenko, Russian Federation

Thembile Joyini, South Africa

Margo Deiye, Nauru

Essam Yassin Mohammed, Eritrea

Susan Whelan, Holy See

Napoleon Beras, Dominican Republic

Zhang Haiwen, China

Nundini Pertaub, Mauritius

L-R: Konrad Marciniak and John Brincat, EU

Christoph Reusser, Switzerland

Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga

Jihyun Lee, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Salvatore Aricò, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

Kristina Gjerde, IUCN

Merete Tandstad, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Jessica Battle, WWF

L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Janine Coye-Felson, Belize, Facilitator of the informal working group on marine genetic resources; and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS

L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil; and Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS

L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Alice Revell, New Zealand, Facilitator of the informal working group on ABMTs, including MPAs; Valentina Germani, UNDOALOS; and Carlos Fuentes, UNDOALOS

Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil

Alice Revell, New Zealand, Facilitator of the informal working group on ABMTs, including MPAs

Florian Botto, Monaco

Martin Zvachula, Federated States of Micronesia

Isaías Medina Mejías, Venezuela

Babajide Alo, Nigeria

L-R: Tidiani Couma, Monaco, in conversation with Angel Horna, Peru

Alice Revell, New Zealand, Facilitator of the informal working group on ABMTs, including
MPAs, with Martin Zvachula, Federated States of Micronesia

Thembile Joyini, South Africa, consulting with Luis Oña Garcés, Ecuador

Participants

Negotiating blocs
European Union