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1st 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”

28 March - 8 April 2016 | UN headquarters, New York

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A species of sea feather invertebrate from Dauin, the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Marcelo Halpern

On Monday, 28 March 2016, the first session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) 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) opened, with plenary convening in the morning and afternoon to address administrative matters, and hear general statements.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, is providing daily web coverage and daily reports from the 1st 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.” In addition, IISD Reporting Services, has published a summary and analysis report of the meeting, which is available in HTML and PDF formats.
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View of the inaugural plenary of the PrepCom


Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel, on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Miguel de Serpa
Soares
, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel
; Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago; Alice
Hicuburundi
, UNDOALOS; and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS


Mahlatse Mminele, South Africa, on behalf of the African Group

Virachai Plasai, Thailand, on behalf of G-77/China


Juliette Babb-Riley, Barbados, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Marlene Moses, Nauru, on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States


L-R: René Lefeber and John Brincat, EU


Shorna-Kay Richards, Jamaica

Valerie Bruell-Melchior, Monaco


Matthías Pálsson, Iceland

Hector Celarié, El Salvador


PrepCom participants observing a moment of silence for the victims of recent terror attacks.


Ma Xinmin, China

Evgeny Zagaynov, Russian Federation


Rueanna Haynes, Trinidad and Tobago

Catherine Boucher, Canada


Fred Sarufa, Papua New Guinea

Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway


Evan Bloom, US


Participants from intergovernmental and civil society organizations


Delegates from the Philippines

L-R: Tidiani Couma, Monaco; Daniela Diz, ENB/IISD; and Angel Horna, Peru


L-R: Carlos Garcia Soto, Spain, and Mahlatse Mminele, South Africa


Duncan Currie, Greenpeace International, in conversation with PrepCom 1 participants.


PrepCom participants at the side event on EBSAs and Beyond, organized by the Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat (CBD)

Jihyun Lee, CBD, presented on current information on EBSAs




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IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the European Union, the Government of Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2016 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, SWAN International, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).