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UN DOALOS Seventh Session of the Open-ended
Informal Consultative Process
on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

UN Headquarters, New York | 12-16 June 2006
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Consultative Process Addresses Cooperation and Coordination

On Thursday morning, delegates to the seventh meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS-7 or Consultative Process) reconvened in plenary to address cooperation and coordination, especially as it relates to ecosystem approaches and oceans. In the afternoon, delegates engaged in a general exchange of views on areas of concern and actions needed and addressed issues that could benefit from attention in future work of the General Assembly. The Friends of the Co-Chairs group chaired by Renée Sauvé, Canada, reconvened at lunch time and throughout the evening.

Above: Margaret Hayes, US, announced the designation earlier in the day of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, the second largest marine protected area (MPA) in the world.


Thursday, 15 June
Plenary

Patricio Bernal, UN-Oceans, outlined UN-Oceans' work in 2005 and 2006, highlighting the UN-Oceans Task Force on Post-Tsunami Response and collaboration for the creation of an early warning system in the Indian Ocean.

Salif Diop, UNEP, reported on the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Steering Group for the "Assessment of Assessments" of the GMA, which took place in New York prior to UNICPOLOS-7.

The David Suzuki Foundation, on behalf of several NGOs, noted that ecosystem approaches should not only involve fisheries but all sectors.

Alastair Macfarlane, International Coalition of Fisheries Associations, advocated avoiding conflict between stakeholders by using participatory management, access and use rights for fishers, and industry-led initiatives.

The International Hydrographic Organization supported the acknowledgement of hydrographic data and national hydrographic offices in the process.

Colombia emphasized the need to carry out further studies on the impacts of ocean noise, and apply the ecosystem approach together with the precautionary principle to address all sectors of ocean activity.

Speaking for the Sierra Club, Marsha Green described the effects of anthropogenic marine noise on marine ecosystems and called for multilateral efforts to protect ecosystems from noise impact.

South Africa, on behalf of the G77-China, urged consideration of waste dumping, transboundary movement of hazardous waste, and pollution.

Godfrey Rolle, Bahamas, underscored the importance of information sharing by States that have knowledge relevant to achieving integrated management.

Samoa called for capacity building and technology transfer for implementing the ecosystem approach.

Gonzalo Pereira Puchy, Permanent Commission for the South Pacific, emphasized the need for more coordination and cooperation at the regional level.

Eli Saddler, Sea Turtle Restoration Project, called for a moratorium on long-line fishing to save the Pacific leatherback turtle.
Side Event: United States Progress in Ecosystem Approaches
Steve Murawski, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, gave a lunchtime presentation on NOAA's ecosystem goals and progress made through an ecosystem approach to management. He noted programmes to promote ecosystem approaches to management of aquaculture, coastal and marine resources, coral reefs, fisheries, protected species, and habitat, as well as efforts in the areas of ecosystem observation, research, and enforcement.
The Friends of the Co-Chairs Group

The Group met during lunchtime and in the evening to continue drafting elements to be suggested to the General Assembly for consideration. The discussion focused on, inter alia: the objectives of ecosystem-based management; the relationship between humans and ecosystems; the need to consider the rights of coastal States; and modalities for achieving cooperation to manage areas beyond national jurisdiction.
IGR2 Partnerships Planning Meeting

In the evening, UNEP/GPA and the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands held a meeting on preparation of partnerships to be announced at the second intergovernmental review of the GPA, 16-20 October 2006, in Beijing, China.

Related Coverage

UNICPOLOS-6, UNICPOLOS-5, and UNICPOLOS-4 coverage from the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
UNFSA Review Conference coverage from the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
3rd Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands Bulletin.
Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands coverage by Sustainable Developments.

Related Links

UNICPOLOS Site.
UN Division for Oceans Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS).
Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) - Chapter 17.

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