On Thursday, 20 July, in an afternoon plenary, delegates considered a further revised Chair’s text including: a draft recommendation to the General Assembly on the substantive elements of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI), indicating that the structure and elements reflect the outcome of the PrepCom discussions, and are not exclusive and without prejudice to the position of states during the negotiations; a procedural recommendation to the General Assembly to take a decision, as soon as possible, on convening and intergovernmental conference (IGC) under the UN auspices, to consider the PrepCom’s substantive recommendations and to elaborate the ILBI text under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), with a starting date as early as possible; and two sections, one on elements of the draft ILBI text (section A) and the other on elements that require most attention towards further progress in the development of a draft ILBI text (section B).
Following a round of comments, Chair Duarte acknowledged that the revised draft did not fully reflect all positions; noted concerns expressed by some delegations and those requesting more time to make a decision; and adjourned the session, expressing willingness to exhaust every effort to arrive at consensus, in line with the PrepCom mandate, and inviting delegates to share suggestions with him.
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L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Barbara Boechat, Brazil; Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil; Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS; and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS
John Brincat, EU
Rena Lee, Singapore
Mohamed Atlassi, Morocco
Florian Botto, Monaco
EU delegates consulting immediately after the end of the session
Delegates from PSIDS consulting
Delegates in informal consultations
L-R: Elisa Morgera, IISD Reporting Services, in a discussion with John Brincat, EU
L-R: Alistair Graham, Australia, in a conversation with Gerardo Irimia, Panama
L-R: Susan Whelan, Holy See, in a conversation with Julian Jackson, The Pew Charitable Trusts
A delegate looking at IISD web coverage
Delegates from India