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17th Meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process
on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-17) - Marine Debris, Plastics and Microplastics

13-17 June 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York

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L-R: Co-Chair Nicholas Emiliou, Cyprus, with Co-Chair Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru, gavelling the meeting
to a close at 12:44 pm

Highlights for Friday, 17 June 2016

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On Friday, delegates to the seventeenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-17) completed their work.

In the morning, delegations were given an opportunity to review the Co-Chairs’ draft summary of the week’s discussions. Plenary then reconvened at 12:00pm to undertake a page-by-page review of the summary. Delegates discussed the draft and suggested corrections and clarifications to best capture discussions. In their closing statements, many delegations commended ICP-17 and thanked the Co-Chairs for their work.

The Co-Chairs thanked delegates for their participation in the fruitful discussions over the course of the week, and declared the meeting closed at 12:44pm.

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Plenary

L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Co-Chair Nicholas Emiliou, Cyprus; and Co-Chair Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru, consulting with Alice Hicuburundi, Secretary, ICP-17;
and Charlotte Salpin, Deputy Secretary, ICP-17


Co-Chair Nicholas Emiliou, Cyprus


Co-Chair Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru


Delegates from Slovakia and Singapore reviewing the draft Co-Chairs' Summary


Judith Neumann, Germany


Sae Horikawa, Japan

Britta Denise Hardesty,
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial
Research Organization, Australia
(CSIRO)


Peter Van den Dries, Belgium


Semisi Seruitanoa
, Fiji

Fredrik Haag, International Maritime Organization (IMO)


Rana Burley, Canada


Hideshige Takada, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology


Delegates from Pacific Island States


L-R: Charlotte Salpin, Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Dmitry Gonchar, and Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS

Highlights for Thursday, 16 June 2016

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On Thursday morning, delegates to the seventeenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-17) continued consideration of this year’s topic: “marine debris, plastics and microplastics.”

On inter-agency cooperation and coordination, delegates engaged in discussions following presentations from: Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Counsel, in his capacity as the UN-Oceans Focal Point, on UN-Oceans work; Dmitry Gonchar, UNDOALOS, demonstrating the new UN-OCEANS online inventory; and Juliette Babb-Riley, Barbados, Co-chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects, on the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment. Delegates also heard an update on the financial status of the Voluntary Trust Fund from UNDOALOS Director Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli.

Continuing with a general exchange of views that began on Monday morning, delegates then heard statements by countries, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, before considering the process for the selection of topics and panellists, and issues that could benefit from attention in future work of the UN General Assembly on ocean affairs and the law of the sea.

The meeting then adjourned to provide time for the Co-Chairs and secretariat to prepare the draft Co-Chairs’ summary to be reviewed by delegates on Friday.



L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, UNDOALOS; Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel;
Co-Chair Nicholas Emiliou, Cyprus; Co-Chair Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru; Alice Hicuburundi, Secretary, ICP-17; Charlotte Salpin, Deputy
Secretary, ICP-17; and Dmitry Gonchar, UNDOALOS


Dmitry Gonchar, UNDOALOS, presented and demonstrated the new UN-OCEANS website to plenary


Juliette Babb-Riley, Barbados, Co-Chair, Ad Hoc Working Group of
the Whole of the Regular Process


Alice Hicuburundi, Secretary, ICP-17


Hiroko Muraki Gottlieb, IUCN


Gritakumar Chitty, Sri Lanka

Yolannie Cerrato Corrales, Honduras


Rishy Bukoree, Mauritius


Joseph Appiott
, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Luke Daunivalu, Fiji

Highlights for Wednesday, 15 June 2016

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On Wednesday, delegates to the seventeenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-17) continued their discussions under the theme: “marine debris, plastics and microplastics.”

Discussion panels took place throughout the day on the topic: “challenges, lessons learned, best practices and way forward to prevent, reduce and control pollution from marine debris, plastics and microplastics.”

In the morning, delegates heard six presentations on: the UNEA-2 outcome on marine debris; the role of the World Bank’s Pollution Management and Environmental Health (PMEH) Trust Fund in strengthening solid waste management to protect marine environments; scaling recycling through zero-interest loans to cities and investments in waste companies; market-based and design change solutions to address the impact of lost and discarded fishing gear; and market-focused sustainable packaging initiatives.

In the afternoon, delegates heard six presentations on: characterization of marine debris in Peru; perspectives from Ocean Conservancy; innovative technologies used in the work of The Ocean Cleanup foundation; creative solutions for Pacific plastic pollution; ways of partnering with urban youth on upstream solutions, civic action, media and messaging to reduce plastic marine debris and microplastics; and the way towards an improved framework to prevent marine plastic debris.


Debby Lee Cohen, Cafeteria Culture, discussed engaging in students in pushing for polystyrene and
plastic bag bans, and pushing towards "zero waste."



L-R: Jeff Wooster, Dow Chemical Company; Elizabeth Hogan, Global Ghost Gear Initiative; and Rob Kaplan, Closed Loop Fund


L-R: Richard Northcote, Covestro; Georg Caspary, World Bank; and Heidi Savelli, UNEP Global Programme of Action (GPA)


Richard Northcote, Covestro, presented initiatives of plastic markers in support of marine litter prevention
and waste management.


L-R: Karen Raubenheimer, University of Wollongong, Australia;
Debby Lee Cohen, Cafeteria Culture; and Camden Howitt,
Sustainable Coastlines


L-R: Andreas Merkl, Ocean Conservancy; Arturo Alfaro Medina,
Institute for the Protection of the Environment (VIDA), Peru;
and Julia Reisser, The Ocean Cleanup


John Brincat, EU, in conversation with Natalie Morris-Sharma, Singapore


L-R: Stefan Kuuskne, Valentina Germani, and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS


Angel Horna, Peru and Michel Djimgou Djomeni, Cameroon


Diego Alejandro Albareda
and Verónica Cáceres Chamorro,
Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation
of Sea Turtles (IAC)

Highlights for Tuesday, 14 June 2016

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On Tuesday, delegates to the seventeenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-17) continued their discussions under the theme of “marine debris, plastics and microplastics.”

In the morning, delegates heard six presentations on the topic of “environmental, social and economic dimensions of marine debris, plastics and microplastics, and progress made in preventing, reducing and controlling pollution from marine debris, plastics and microplastics.” The discussions focused on: ecotoxicological impacts of microplastics on marine organisms; sea turtles and plastic debris in South America; risks posed by marine microplastic and nanoplastic debris to human health; considerations in the transition to a new plastics economy; monitoring of microplastics and hazardous chemicals in water, sediment and biota; and risk-based approaches to evaluating the environmental impacts of marine plastic pollution at local, national and global levels.

In the afternoon, delegates heard seven presentations on “challenges, lessons learned, best practices, and way forward to prevent, reduce and control pollution from marine debris, plastics and microplastics.” The discussion focused on: different perspectives, including Indonesian and Jamaican experiences; the importance of local government ownership of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Sustainable Development Goal 14 on oceans; activities of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s ‘Marine Debris Program’; a regional seas approach to prevent, reduce and control pollution from marine debris; international and national implementation processes of the G7 Action Plan to combat Marine Litter and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive; and regional action plans for prevention and reduction.


Slide presentation of Arif Havas Oegroseno, Indonesia, depicting a surfer catching a wave filled with marine debris


L-R: Tamara Galloway, Exeter University, UK; Hideshige Takada, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology; Andrew Booth, SINTEF
Materials and Chemistry; Co-Chair Nicholas Emiliou, Cyprus; Co-Chair Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru; Alice Hicuburundi, Secretary, ICP-17;
Diego Alejandro Albareda, Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles (IAC); Britta Denise Hardesty,
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia (CSIRO); and Nishan Degnarain, World Economic Forum (WEF)


Andrew Booth, SINTEF Materials and Chemistry


Tamara Galloway, Exeter University, UK

Diego Alejandro Albareda, IAC


Nishan Degnarain, WEF


Hideshige Takada, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Britta Denise Hardesty, CSIRO



Britta Denise Hardesty suggested a risk framework could be a useful lens for addressing the impact of marine debris on wildlife and fish.


Hideshige Takada
discussed monitoring of microplastics and hazardous chemicals in water, sediment and biota.


Arif Havas Oegroseno, Deputy Minister, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, Indonesia


Belen Fernandez
, Mayor of Dagupan City, the Philippines

Anthony Glenroy McKenzie, National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Jamaica


Judith Neumann, Federal Ministry for
the Environment, Nature Conservation,
Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany


Johanna Eriksson
, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management

Nancy Wallace, NOAA, US

Highlights for Monday, 13 June 2016

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The seventeenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-17) opened on 13 June 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York, under the theme: “Marine debris, plastics and microplastics.” In the morning, delegates heard opening remarks from: Co-Chair Amb. Gustavo Meza-Cuadra; Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel; Lenni Montiel, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), on behalf of Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; and Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, UN Office of Legal Affairs (UNDOALOS). Statements by countries and regional groups followed.

In the afternoon, Co-Chair Amb. Nicholas Emiliou invited delegates to participate in a discussion panel on “the environmental, social and economic dimensions of marine debris, plastics and microplastics and progress made in preventing, reducing and controlling pollution from marine debris, plastics and microplastics.” Presentations were given on: insights from the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) report on microplastics; insights from the World Ocean Assessment; an overview of land-based sources of marine debris; marine pollution originating from purse seine and longline fishing vessel operations in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean; collection of ship waste in Belgian seaports; and the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) work to address marine debris, plastics and microplastics.


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Lenni Montiel, Assistant-Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA); and Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel


L-R: Co-Chair Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru; Alice Hicuburundi, Secretary, ICP-17; Charlotte Salpin, Deputy Secretary, ICP-17; and
Dmitry Gonchar, UNDOALOS


Mahlatse Mminele, South Africa, on behalf of the African Group


Chulamanee Chartsuwan
, Thailand, on behalf of G-77/China

Sidney Kemble, EU


Ahmed Sareer, Maldives, on behalf of Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)


Margo Deiye
, Nauru, on behalf of Pacific SIDS

Florian Botto, Monaco


L-R: Prim Masrinuan, Thailand, in a conversation with Joseph Appiott, Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD)


Delegates from Indonesia




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