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

29 May - 1 June 2012 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

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Members of the DOALOS Secretariat arrived in the morning.
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Highlights for Friday, June 1

On Friday, 1 June 2012, the Consultative Process convened for the last day, meeting in plenary for a brief morning session to consider the Co-Chairs' summary of discussions and other remaining business. After all the paragraphs of the report had been discussed and delegates had received an update on the voluntary trust fund and on the activities occurring to commemorate the 30th anniversary of UNCLOS, Co-Chair Don MacKay (New Zealand) gaveled the meeting to a close at 12:32 pm.

Full web coverage available here: 1 June

Dais shot

The dais at the start of the meeting.

Amb. Don Mackay
Co-Chair Amb. Don Mackay, New Zealand.
Alice Hicuburundi
Secretary Alice Hicuburundi, DOALOS.
UN-OHRLLS/OLA Side Event

During the lunch break after the close of the meeting, Cheick Sidi Diarra, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, chaired a side event on "UNCLOS and the Landlocked Developing Countries: practical implications."

Highlights for Thursday, May 31

On Thursday, 31 May 2012, the Consultative Process convened for a morning plenary session to discuss: a general exchange of views on marine renewable energies (MREs); inter-agency cooperation and coordination; the process for the selection of topics and panelists so as to facilitate the work of the General Assembly; and issues that could benefit from attention in future work of the General Assembly on oceans and the law of the sea. The plenary session ended at 11:36 am to allow time for preparation of the Co-Chairs’ summary.

Full web coverage available here: 31 May

Dais shot

The dais at the start of the morning session.

Co-Chair Meetarbhan
Co-Chair Amb. Milan Meetarbhan, Mauritius.
Andrew Hudson
Andrew Hudson, Coordinator, UN-OCEANS.
Delegates conferring
Delegates conferred after the day's meeting.
Don Mackay conferring
Co-Chair Amb. Don Mackay, New Zealand, chatted with a delegate.
East River Panorama

A panoramic view of the East River on a beautiful, sunny spring day.

Highlights for Wednesday, May 30

On Wednesday, 30 May 2012, the Consultative Process continued with morning and afternoon panels considering the topic of marine renewable energies (MREs). In the morning, delegates heard presentations detailing on-going or planned MREs projects and work at the global and regional levels. In the afternoon, panelists discussed opportunities and challenges in the development of MREs, including for cooperation and coordination.

Full web coverage available here: 30 May

Panel dais shot

The dais during the panel on marine energies projects.

Arjoon Suddhoo
Arjoon Suddhoo, Mauritius Research Council.
Masahiro Matsuura
Masahiro Matsuura, University of Tokyo.
Omar bin Yaakob
Omar bin Yaakob, University of Technology of Malaysia.
Segen Estefen
Segen Estefen, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Vanessa Stewart
Vanessa Stewart, Soltage LLC.
Martin Attrill
Martin Attrill, University of Plymouth.
Dengwen Xia
Dengwen Xia, National Ocean Technology Centre, China.
Joseph Williams
Joseph Williams, Caribbean Community Secretariat.
Panel dais shot

The dais during the panel on opportunities and challenges.

Highlights for Tuesday, May 29

The thirteenth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process or ICP-13) opened on Tuesday, 29 May 2012, at UN Headquarters in New York. Delegates convened in plenary in the morning, addressing organizational matters and holding a general exchange of views on the meeting’s topic of marine renewable energies (MREs). In the afternoon, a panel focused on MREs: types, uses and roles in sustainable development.

Full web coverage available here: 29 May

Alain Piquemal
Alain Piquemal, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis.
John Huckerby
John Huckerby, Executive Committee of Ocean Energy System.
Jay Batongbacal
Jay Batongbacal, College of Law, University of the Philippines.
Room Shot
A view of the conference room before the start of the day's meeting.
Entrance Pavilion
Looking down the North Lawn Building's entrance pavilion.
ENB Trainees

Academics from around the world trained to become writers for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Look for some of them at future oceans meetings.

Your ENB Team
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Members of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin team for the 13th Session of the Consultative Process: (L-R) Stefan Renckens, writer, Belgium; Graeme Auld, team leader, Canada; Daniela Diz, writer, Brazil; Alice Miller, writer, United Kingdom; Dan Birchall, digital editor, United States.

Related Links
UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea resources
*Meeting website
*Format and annotated provisional agenda
*Background document
*Preparatory meeting, 3 April 2012

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