The sixth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative
Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (the Consultative Process or
UNICPOLOS) will convene from 6-10 June 2005 at the headquarters of the
United Nations, in New York.
With resolution 54/33 (A/RES/54/33) of 24 November 1999, the General
Assembly established the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process in order
to facilitate the annual review of developments in ocean affairs. The
General Assembly decided that the Consultative Process would consider the
Secretary-General's annual reports on oceans and the law of the sea,
and suggest particular issues to be considered by the General Assembly,
with an emphasis on identifying areas where intergovernmental and
inter-agency coordination and cooperation should be enhanced. The
resolution further decided that the General Assembly would, at its 57th
session, review the effectiveness and utility of the Consultative Process.
General Assembly resolution 57/141 (A/RES/57/141) of 12 December 2002
extends the Consultative Process for an additional three years, with the
aim of reviewing its effectiveness and utility at the 60th session of the
The sixth meeting of the Consultative Process will organize its discussions
around the following areas: (a) fisheries and their contribution to
sustainable development; and (b) marine debris, as well as issues discussed
at previous meetings.
In resolution 58/240 of 23 December 2003, the General Assembly recommended
that time be allocated during the fifth meeting of the Consultative Process
to convene an international workshop to consider a regular process for
global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment,
including socio-economic aspects (GMA). The second session of the GMA
International Workshop will be held following the sixth session of the
Consultative Process, on 13-15 June, 2005.