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Fourteenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

17-20 June 2013 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

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Highlights for Monday, 17 June 2013
The fourteenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process or ICP-14) opened on 17 June 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York. In the morning, delegates heard opening remarks from the Co-Chairs, as well as the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and an Assistant Secretary-General from UN-DESA, followed by statements by countries and groups.

In the afternoon, the discussion panel on "The impacts of ocean acidification on the marine environment" began. Two panelists, Richard Feely, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, United States, and Wang Juying, National Marine Environmental Monitoring Center, China, presented on the process of ocean acidification. Another two panelists, Carol Turley, Plymouth Lab, United Kingdom, and Yoshihisa Shirayama, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, presented on impacts of ocean acidification.

The ensuing discussion covered, inter alia: the effect of acidification on sound absorption, particularly at lower frequencies; immediate actions that can be undertaken to reduce acidification, including reducing CO2 emissions, and addressing local environmental anthropogenic stressors that affect acidification; species migration patterns; levels of scientific certainty and scale of changes in projections; vulnerability of polar regions; and research on marine protected areas and species that are very resilient to ocean acidification.
Room Shot
A view of the room during the morning session.
Opening Plenary
Dais Shot

The dais during opening remarks.

Milan J.N. Meetarbhan
Co-Chair Amb. Milan J.N. Meetarbhan, Mauritius
Don MacKay
Co-Chair Amb. Don MacKay, New Zealand.
Patricia O'Brien
Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel.
Thomas Stelzer
Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN-DESA.
Sainivalati Navoti
Sainivalati Navoti, Fiji.
Alejandro Sousa
Alejandro Sousa, Mexico.
Declan Smyth
Declan Smyth, European Union.
Margo Deiye
Margo Deiye, Nauru.
Stephanie Lee
Stephanie Lee, New Zealand.
Anne Lotte Gjelsnes
Anne Lotte Gjelsnes, Norway.
Li Zhenhua
Li Zhenhua, China.
Sae Horikawa
Sae Horikawa, Japan.
Lorraine Anderson
Lorraine Anderson, Canada.
Holger Martinsen
Holger Martinsen, Argentina.
Tidiani Cuoma
Tidiani Cuoma, Monaco.
Michael Kabai
Michael Kabai, South Africa.
Panel: The Impacts of Ocean Acidification on the Marine Environment
Panel Shot

The dais during the panel segment on the process of ocean acidification.

Wang Juying
Wang Juying, National Marine Environmental Monitoring Center, China.
Richard Feely
Richard Feely, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, United States.
Carol Turley
Carol Turley, Plymouth Lab, United Kingdom.
Yoshihisa Shirayama
Yoshihisa Shirayama, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology.
Panel Shot

The dais during the panel segment on impacts of acidification and activities to address them.

S.K. Das
S.K. Das, India.
Lisa Speer
Lisa Speer, Natural Resources Defense Council.
Kenli Schaaf
Kenli Schaaf, United States.
Around the ICP
Conference Officers
Conference officers checked the list of speakers.
Alice Hicuburundi
Alice Hicuburundi, UN-DOALOS.
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bulletMeeting website

bulletMeeting format and annotated provisional agenda

bulletReport of the Secretary-General on ocean acidification

bulletFull texts of contributions from UN agencies, programmes and bodies, as well as other intergovernmental organizations to first part of the report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea to the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly (GA)


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