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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

Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs 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 in ocean affairs and the law of the sea, including marine science, and delegates heard a presentation on activities of the Global Environment Facility. The panel on assessing the need for capacity building will continue on Tuesday.

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Opening Session
The dais during the opening of the ICP

The dais during the opening of the Consultative Process.

Thomas Stelzer, UN-DESA
Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Joan Yang, Palau
Joan Yang, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Palau.
Marie Hidaka, Japan
Marie Hidaka, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan.
Adel Al-Sheikh, Yemen
Adel Al-Sheikh, Yemen, for the G-77/China.
Tui Dewes, New Zealand
Tui Dewes, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand.
Holger Martinsen, Argentina
Holger Martinsen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Argentina.
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.
Discussion Panel: Assessing the Need for Capacity Building
Discussion panel dais

The dais during the discussion panel on assessing the need for capacity building in ocean affairs and the law of the sea, including marine science.

Su'a N.F. Tanielu, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency
Su'a N.F. Tanielu, Director-General, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency.
Phillip Saunders, Dalhousie Law School
Phillip Saunders, Dean, Dalhousie Law School.
Åsmund Bjordal, Center for Development Cooperation in Fisheries
Åsmund Bjordal, Director, Center for Development Cooperation in Fisheries.
Around the ICP
TNC/IUCN/WCMC side event

The Nature Conservancy, IUCN and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre presented a lunchtime side event on Marine Spatial Planning as a tool to achieve Ecosystem-Based Management.

Zakumi, 2010 FIFA World Cup mascot

Zakumi, mascot of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, stood guard outside a viewing area provided by the Permanent Mission of South Africa.

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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