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UN DOALOS Ninth Session of the Open-ended
Informal Consultative Process
on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

UN Headquarters, New York | 23-27 June 2008
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9th Consultative Process Opens in New York

The ninth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process or ICP) opened on Monday, 23 June 2008, at UN headquarters in New York. Delegates convened in Plenary in the morning, to hear opening remarks, address organizational matters and exchange views on concerns and actions needed. In the afternoon, a discussion panel on maritime safety and security was held.

Above: Participants during the morning plenary.

Monday, 23 June

Co-Chair Amb. Paul Badji, Senegal.

Co-Chair Lorraine Ridgeway, Canada.

Nicolas Michel, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs.

Tumasie Blair, Antigua and Barbuda, for the G-77/China.

Aleksander Čičerov, Slovenia, for the EU.

Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway.


Philip Burgess, Australia.

New Zealand.

Greg O'Brien, United States.


Selwin Hart, Barbados.
Discussion Panel: Overview of Threats to Maritime Security

Nancy Karigithu, Director, Kenya Maritime Authority, discussed Kenya's role in combating piracy and armed robbery against ships in waters off the coast of Somalia.

Stuart Kaye, University of Melbourne, Australia, gave an overview of threats to maritime security and their impacts.

Arif Havas Oegroseno, Department of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia, discussed challenges in implementation and enforcement of maritime security, with a focus on piracy and armed robbery.

Yoshiaki Ito, Executive Director, ReCAAP ISC, discussed the Asian experience in combating piracy and armed robbery at sea.

Pottengal Mukundan, Director, International Maritime Bureau, discussed trends in reported attacks on ships in waters off Somalia and Nigeria.

Donald Sinclair, Canada.

Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh, Iran.

Christian Andreasen, IHO.

Jon Whitlow, International Transport Workers' Federation.

Holger Martinsen, Argentina.
Side Events

A side event on "Advancing Ecosystem Management and Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management in the Context of Climate Change: Special Focus on Maritime Security and Safety" was organized by the Permanent Mission of Seychelles, the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, the Government of Viet Nam, and the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands.

Greenpeace International presented a side event on "IUU Fishing: Tools for Curbing High Seas Fish Pirates."
Around the ICP

Delegates of intergovernmental organizations during the morning plenary.

Delegates from Brazil discussing a document in the afternoon.

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