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Eleventh Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

21-25 June 2010 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

Summary of Highlights

Co-Chairs and Secretary

ICP-11 Co-Chairs Amb. Don Mackay, New Zealand, and Amb. Paul Badji, Senegal, with Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, UN-DOALOS Secretary, after the meeting.
Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
21 Jun. - 22 Jun. - 23 Jun. - 24 Jun. - 25 Jun.
Highlights for Friday, 25 June 2010

On Friday morning, the Co-chairs' summary of discussions was distributed to delegations, and after remaining country statements were heard, the meeting was suspended briefly for delegations to consider the summary.

Discussion of the Co-chairs' summary then began, and was completed in the afternoon. After closing remarks, in which the Co-Chairs highlighted DOALOS Secretary Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli's many years of service and wished her success at her new post elsewhere in the UN, the Consultative Process was declared closed at 4:29pm.

Full web coverage available here: 25 June

EU huddle

Delegates from the EU huddled to discuss the Co-chairs' summary of discussions.

Glenna Cabello de Daboin, Venezuela
Glenna Cabello de Daboin, Venezuela.
Helen Beck, Solomon Islands
Helen Beck, Solomon Islands
World Cup on laptop
Delegates' laptops displayed World Cup matches in the morning.
Delegates farewell
Delegates bid each other farewell after the meeting.
Alice Hicuburundi and Holger Martinsen
Alice Hicuburundi, UN-DOALOS, said goodbye to Holger Martinsen, Argentina.
Highlights for Thursday, 24 June 2010

On Thursday morning, panelists from Wednesday's session on new approaches, best practices and opportunities for improved capacity building were able to respond to previously asked questions, with delegates making additional comments. This was followed by a plenary session involving a general exchange of views and a presentation on inter-agency cooperation and coordination.

A discussion on issues that could benefit from attention in future work of the UN General Assembly began in late morning and continued into the afternoon, followed by discussion on the process for the selection of topics and panelists to facilitate the work of the General Assembly.

Full web coverage available here: 24 June

Harlan Cohen, IUCN
Harlan Cohen, IUCN.
Jean-Luc Renaux, BIC
Jean-Luc Renaux, International Container Bureau.
Franco Juri, PAM
Franco Juri, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean.
Steve Shipman, IHO
Steve Shipman, International Hydrographic Organization.
Plenary dais

The dais during plenary.

Sigrid Lüber, NRDC/IONC
Sigrid Lüber, NRDC/International Ocean Noise Coalition.
Mohammed Sidi, Mauritania
Mohammed Sidi, Mauritania.
Andrew Hudson, UN-Oceans
Andrew Hudson, Coordinator, UN-Oceans.
Highlights for Wednesday, 23 June 2010

On Wednesday morning, a presentation was made and discussion was held on an overview of capacity-building activities and initiatives, and challenges for achieving effective capacity building.

In the afternoon, delegates completed discussion of the second topic, and the Discussion Panel began addressing new approaches, best practices and opportunities for improved capacity building .

Full web coverage available here: 23 June

Cristelle Pratt, SOPAC
Cristelle Pratt, Former Director, South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission.
Kazuhiro Kitazawa, JAMSTEC
Kazuhiro Kitazawa, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology Center.
Tumi Tómasson, UNU-FTP
Tumi Tómasson, UN University Fisheries Training Programme.
Narmoko Prasmadji, CTI
Narmoko Prasmadji, Indonesian National Secretariat, Coral Triangle Initiative.
Raphael Lotilla, PEMSEA
Raphael Lotilla, Executive Director, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia .
Imèn Meliane, TNC
Imèn Meliane, International Marine Policy, The Nature Conservancy.
ISA side event

The International Seabed Authority presented a lunchtime side event.

Highlights for Tuesday, 22 June 2010

On Tuesday morning, delegates reconvened in a discussion panel on assessing the need for capacity building in ocean affairs and the law of the sea, including marine science.

In the afternoon, panelists and delegates continued the panel discussion with an overview of capacity building activities and initiatives.

Full web coverage available here: 22 June

Panel dais

The dais during the panel on assessing the need for capacity building.

Juan Carlos Martin Fragueiro, Spain
Juan Carlos Martin Fragueiro, Secretary-General, Ministry of Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs, Spain.
Mitsuyuki Unno, Nippon Foundation
Mitsuyuki Unno, Director, Maritime Affairs Department, The Nippon Foundation of Japan.
Serguei Tarassenko, UN-DOALOS
Serguei Tarassenko, Director, Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea.
Watching the World Cup
During the lunch break, delegates watched a World Cup football match.
Fernanda Millicay
Fernanda Millicay, Argentina, wore team colors during her country's match.
Highlights for Monday, 21 June 2010

The eleventh meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (the Consultative Process or ICP-11) opened at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday, 21 June 2010.

In the morning, delegates convened in plenary and were addressed by Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, before addressing organizational matters and holding a general exchange of views on capacity building in ocean affairs and the law of the sea, including marine science.

In the afternoon, a discussion panel began on assessing the need for capacity building, and delegates heard a presentation on activities of the Global Environment Facility.

Full web coverage available here: 21 June

The dais during the opening of the ICP

The dais during the opening of the Consultative Process.

Co-Chair Paul Badji, Senegal
ICP-11 Co-Chair Amb. Paul Badji, Senegal.
Co-Chair Don MacKay, New Zealand
ICP-11 Co-Chair Amb. Don MacKay, New Zealand.
Su'a N.F. Tanielu, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency
Su'a N.F. Tanielu, Director-General, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency.
Thomas Stelzer, UN-DESA
Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Phillip Saunders, Dalhousie Law School
Phillip Saunders, Dean, Dalhousie Law School.
Related Links
UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea resources
*Meeting web site
*Format and annotated provisional agenda
*Background information
*Report of the Secretary-General “Oceans and the law of the sea”
*Full texts of contributions from UN agencies, programmes and bodies, as well as other intergovernmental organizations to the report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea to the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly
*Technical Briefing Session in Preparation for INC1, 6 June 2010, Stockholm, Sweden

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of 10 December 1982 Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UNFSA), 24-28 May 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, 3-7 May 2010, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Headquarters, Paris, France
*IISD RS brefing note of the Ninth Round of Informal Consultations of States Parties (ICSP) to the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of UNCLOS Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UNFSA), 16-17 March 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the Expert Panel on Ocean Acidification, 3 September 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of ICP-10, 17-19 June 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the World Ocean Conference, 11-15 May 2009, Manado, Indonesia
*IISD RS coverage of ICP-9, 23-27 June 2008, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of ICP-8, 25-29 June 2007, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of ICP-7, 12-16 June 2006, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*Oceans-L - oceans policy news and announcement listserve
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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