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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 Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Delegates at the fourteenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process or ICP-14) resumed their work on Tuesday with continued consideration of this year's topic: the impact of ocean acidification on the marine environment.

In the morning, delegates heard five presentations from panelists on the impacts of ocean acidification and ongoing activities at the global, regional and national levels to address those impacts. These presentations addressed, inter alia: expert recommendations from workshops on ocean acidification; the impacts of ocean acidification in deep, coastal, and surface waters in the southwest Pacific; the experience of shellfish aquaculture operations in the US Pacific Northwest; and pathways to resilience in the 21st century.

In the afternoon, an additional five presentations addressed opportunities and challenges for addressing the impacts of ocean acidification on the marine environment, including through enhanced cooperation on scientific and technical aspects. These presentations addressed, inter alia: current and future tactics to address ocean acidification in coastal ecosystems beyond decreasing CO2; the work of the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre; the development of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network; tactics for addressing the impacts of ocean acidification from the perspective of developing countries, particularly Brazil; and challenges of capacity building and technology transfer for addressing ocean acidification in African countries.

The two open discussions covered issues including: the role of the General Assembly in coordinating the activities of international organizations working on ocean acidification; the role of marine protected areas as a source of resilience against ocean acidification; the socio-economic impacts of ocean acidification for fisheries, tourism and other sectors; the causes of varied coral reef resistance to ocean acidification; and the need for information sharing, technical assistance, and capacity building.
Secretariat Building
The morning sun glinted off the Secretariat office building.
Panel: The Impacts of Ocean Acidification on the Marine Environment
Dais Shot

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

Nathalie Jeanne-Marie Hilmi
Nathalie Jeanne-Marie Hilmi, Centre Scientifique de Monaco.
Bill Dewey
Bill Dewey, Taylor Shellfish Farms, United States.
Robert Dunbar
Robert Dunbar, Stanford University, United States.
Yimnang Golbuu
Yimnang Golbuu, Palau International Coral Reef Center.
Kriangsak Kittichaisaree
Amb. Kriangsak Kittichaisaree, Thailand
Rena Lee
Rena Lee, Singapore.
Mina Patel
Mina Patel, United Kingdom.
Raylene Liufalani
Raylene Liufalani, New Zealand.
Vu Than Ca
Vu Than Ca, Viet Nam.
Julian Ranetunge
Julian Ranetunge, Sri Lanka.
Dais Shot
The dais during the panel segment on opportunities and challenges for addressing impacts of ocean acidification.
Lisa Suatoni
Lisa Suatoni, Natural Resources Defense Council.
Libby Jewett
Libby Jewett, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States.
Michel Warnau
Michel Warnau, International Atomic Energy Agency.
Germain Michel Ranjoanina
Germain Michel Ranjoanina, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Madagascar.
Ilana Coaracy Wainer
Ilana Coaracy Wainer, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.
Wang Chen
Wang Chen, China.
Amoy Lum Kong
Amoy Lum Kong, Trinidad & Tobago.
Napoleon Beras
Napoleon Beras, Dominican Republic.
Side Event
Side Event

The Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO presented a lunchtime side event on "The impacts of ocean acidification on marine and coastal biodiversity."

Around the ICP
Conferring
Rena Lee, Singapore, and Lorraine Anderson, Canada, conferred before the session.
Taking a photo
Wang Juying, China, took a photo.
Conference Officers

Conference officers shared a smile.

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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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