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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 Friday, 8 April 2016

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A school of barracudas from North Seymour, Galapagos, Ecuador. Photo courtesy of Franz Dejon


On Friday, 8 April 2016, the PrepCom met in the morning to finalize discussions on principles and approaches. Chair Eden Charles (Trinidad and Tobago) verbally outlined a procedural roadmap to PrepCom 2, including that the meeting will: hold a short opening plenary, without general statements; convene five four-hour informal working groups; reconvene in plenary to further discuss and possibly agree to “park” issues that garner consensus for inclusion into the internationally legally binding instrument; and discuss the next steps for PrepCom 3. He proposed working groups on: marine genetic resources; area-based management tools; environmental impact assessments; capacity building and technology​ transfer; and crosscutting issues, including scope, principles and institutional mechanisms. Chair Charles also proposed, and delegates agreed, that an indicative list of substantive issues, as well as a Chair’s summary of PrepCom 1, be circulated to facilitate preparations prior to PrepCom 2.

During the closing plenary, many delegations expressed appreciation for a successful start of the PrepCom, with Chair Charles encouraging them to keep up the good spirit as discussions “get tougher.” Chair Charles gavelled the meeting to a close at 1:44pm.

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PrepCom 1 plenary session



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

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



Catherine Boucher, Canada

Janine Coye-Felson, Belize


John Brincat, EU




Cristian Laborda Mora, Chile


Shorna-Kay Richards, Jamaica



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

Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil



Sora Lokita, Indonesia

Rolando Castro, Costa Rica


Evan Bloom, US


L-R: Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica; Alonso Martinez Ruiz, Mexico; and Rolando Castro, Costa Rica


L-R: Shorna-Kay Richards, Jamaica; Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica; and Mundita Lim, the Philippines




Michael Bliss, Australia

Lucía Raffin, Argentina



Lisa Speer, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Roy Lee, Asian African Legal Consultative Organization



L-R: Henning Dobson, Denmark, consulting with Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway


John Brincat, EU, in a conversation with Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica



Mohammed Atlassi
, Morocco


Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway


T. Suka Mangisi, Tonga


Kristina Gjerde, IUCN



Shige Watanabe, Japan


Marie Antoinette Meñez, the Philippines


Sergey Leonidchenko, Russian Federation


Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh



Tilani Silva, Sri Lanka


John Clorley, UK



Olivier Guyonvarch, France


Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Tamara Thomas, Adviser to the Chair; Chair Eden
Charles
, Trinidad and Tobago
; Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS; and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS


Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago, gavelled the meeting to a close at 1:44 pm


L-R: John Brincat, EU, and Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago


L-R: Sebastian Rogac, Croatia, and Nicholas Ioannides, Cyprus


Shorna-Kay Richards, Jamaica, and Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh


Tamara Thomas, Adviser to the Chair and Shorna-Kay Richards, Jamaica, with the ENB team


L-R: ENB BBNJ team with Asterios Tsioumanis; Daniela Diz; Tallash Kantai; Elisa Morgera; and Franz Dejon


 

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