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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

Highlights for Thursday, 31 March 2016

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A species of moray eel from Dauin, the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Marcelo Halpern

On Thursday, 31 March 2016, the PrepCom plenary convened in the morning to conclude discussions on environmental impact assessments and strategic environmental assessments, and to consider capacity building and marine technology transfer. Following a short afternoon plenary, an informal working group on marine genetic resources, including questions on benefit-sharing, convened.

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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PrepCom 1 plenary session



Amena Yauvoli, Fiji

Nawaf Salam, Lebanon



Zhang Haiwen
, China

Patrick Luna, Brazil


Fred Sarufa, Papua New Guinea

Catherine Boucher, Canada

Josel Mostajo, the Philippines



Lydia Slobodian
, IUCN


Gina Guillén-Grillo
, Costa Rica



Maryam Chehrazad
, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Jihyun Lee, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity



Thembile Joyini, South Africa, on behalf of the African Group


Evan Bloom
, US

Prim Masrinuan, Thailand, on behalf of the G-77/China



Lizanne Aching
, Trinidad and Tobago

Duncan Currie, Greenpeace International



Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS

Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago


View of the informal working group on marine genetic resources


Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil, facilitator for the informal working group
on marine genetic resources



Shorna-Kay Richards, Jamaica

Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga, Mexico


Haryo Budi Nugroho, Indonesia


L-R: Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga, Mexico, in conversation with Antoìne Misonne, Belgium


L-R: John Brincat, EU; Margo Deiye and Joan Yang, Nauru


Delegates from Fiji



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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).