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Ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ)

20-23 January 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

Highlights for Thursday, 22 January 2015
On Thursday, the Working Group started negotiations, paragraph by paragraph, on the draft offered by New Zealand and Mexico as Co-Facilitators of Wednesday's informal group, with Co-Chair Lijnzaad underscoring “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.” The Working Group debated text on, inter alia: the legal gap relating to the conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ; the feasibility of a new international instrument; and the position of states non-party to UNCLOS.

In the afternoon, the Working Group debated a proposal by the G-77/China on the format and timelines for a negotiating process towards a legally binding instrument under UNCLOS. Negotiations on a revised working document continued in an evening session.
UN Headquarters
A view of UN Headquarters during the meeting.
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Dais Shot

A view of the dais during the morning session.

Liesbeth Lijnzaad
Co-Chair Liesbeth Lijnzaad, the Netherlands.
Christiane Engelbrecht
Christiane Engelbrecht, Venezuela.
Tullio Scovazzi
Tullio Scovazzi, Italy, for the EU.
Elizabeth Kim
Elizabeth Kim, United States.
Thembile Joyini
Thembile Joyini, South Africa, for the G-77/China.
Birgir Hrafn Búason
Birgir Hrafn Búason, Iceland.
Kjell Kristian Egge
Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway.
Sergey Leonidchenko
Sergey Leonidchenko, the Russian Federation.
Fernanda Millicay
Fernanda Millicay, Argentina.
Catherine Boucher
Catherine Boucher, Canada.
Penelope Ridings
Penelope Ridings, New Zealand.
Greg French
Greg French, Australia.
Side Event
VME Database Side Event

The FAO held a lunchtime side event on applications and ues for the Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VME) Database.

Around the Working Group
Negotiating Text
Text was projected on screens for negotiation.
Greenpeace Postcards
Postcards collected by Greenpeace called for action on BBNJ.
Wave of Change Post-its
Post-it notes for the High Seas Alliance's "Wave of Change."
Obsolete UN AV equipment
Audiovisual equipment from an earlier era of the UN stood in the corridor.
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*Meeting Website *Meeting Provisional Annotated Agenda and Organization of Work
*Meeting Side Events *Co-Chairs’ Summary of Discussions from the 8th meeting
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