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

20-24 June 2011 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

UN Headquarters on a sunny June day. The twelfth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea opened on Monday, 20 June 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York.

In the morning, delegates convened in plenary to address organizational matters and hear opening remarks from Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, and Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

They then exchanged views on contributing to the assessment of progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), and addressing new and emerging challenges.

In the afternoon, views from additional States and from Civil Society were followed by a discussion panel on "Sustainable development, oceans and the law of the sea."

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Opening
Opening dais

The dais during opening remarks.

Amb. Milan Jaya Meertarbhan, Mauritius
Co-Chair Amb. Milan Jaya Meertarbhan, Mauritius.
Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel
Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel.
Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.
Amb. Don MacKay, New Zealand
Co-Chair Amb. Don MacKay, New Zealand.
Exchange of Views
Holger Martinsen, Argentina
Holger Martinsen, Argentina.
Jorge Urbiola, Spain
Jorge Urbiola, Spain.
Amb. Jim McLay, New Zealand
Amb. Jim McLay, New Zealand.
Jeem Lippwe, FSM
Jeem Lippwe, Federated States of Micronesia.
Amb. Stuart Beck, Palau
Amb. Stuart Beck, Palau.
Susannah Gordon, New Zealand
Susannah Gordon, New Zealand.
Frédéric Briand, Monaco
Frédéric Briand, Monaco.
Thilmeeza Hussain, Maldives
Thilmeeza Hussain, Maldives.
Alejandra Quezada, Chile
Alejandra Quezada, Chile.
Catherine Boucher, Canada
Catherine Boucher, Canada.
Maria Teresa Mesquita Pessôa, Brazil
Maria Teresa Mesquita Pessôa, Brazil.
Michael Kabai, South Africa
Michael Kabai, South Africa.
Elizabeth Kim, United States
Elizabeth Kim, United States.
Donna Petrachenko, Australia
Donna Petrachenko, Australia.
Gou Haibo, China
Gou Haibo, China.
Kriangsak Kittichaisaree, Thailand
Amb. Kriangsak Kittichaisaree, Thailand.
Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago
Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago.
Adera Leal, Venezuela
Adera Leal, Venezuela.
Jihyun Lee, CBD
Jihyun Lee, Convention on Biological Diversity.
Harlan Cohen, IUCN
Harlan Cohen, IUCN.
Karin Sjölin-Frudd, IMO
Karin Sjölin-Frudd, International Maritime Organization.
Lisa Speer, NRDC
Lisa Speer, Natural Resources Defense Council.
Shio Segi, OPRF
Shio Segi, Ocean Policy Research Foundation.
Patrick Ramage, IFAW
Patrick Ramage, International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Nathalie Rey, Greenpeace
Nathalie Rey, Greenpeace.
Susan Lieberman, Pew Environment Group
Susan Lieberman, Pew Environment Group.
Jonas Rupp, Conservation International
Jonas Rupp, Conservation International.
Jacqueline Alder, UNEP
Jacqueline Alder, UN Environment Programme.
Sustainable Development Panel
Discussion panel dais

The dais during the panel on "Sustainable development, oceans and the law of the sea."

Brice Lalonde, DESA
Brice Lalonde, DESA.
Cherdsak Virapat, IOI
Cherdsak Virapat, International Ocean Institute.
Héctor Enrique Celarié Landaverde, El Salvador
Héctor Enrique Celarié Landaverde, El Salvador.
Germain Michel Ranjoanina, Madagascar
Germain Michel Ranjoanina, Madagascar.
Amb. Donatus St. Aimee, Saint Lucia
Amb. Donatus St. Aimee, Saint Lucia.
Side Event
Pew/Brazil Side Event

The Pew Environment Group and the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the UN hosted a lunchtime side event on "Bringing the Ocean Back Into the Earth Summit."

Related Links
UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea resources
*Meeting website
*Format and annotated provisional agenda
*Background information
*Unedited reporting material on the topic of focus of ICP112

IISD RS resources
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*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), 7-8 March 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Intersessional Meeting of the UNCSD, 10-11 January 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Oceans Day at Cancún, 4 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
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*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 Summary and Analysis of the First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the UNCSD, 17-19 May 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: 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
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
*African Regional Coverage
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