Governance and regulatory gaps,
future of Working Group discussed
The Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group of the General Assembly to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (the Working Group) convened for its fourth day on Thursday, 1 May, at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York.
In the morning, the Working Group completed discussions on the issues identified in General Assembly resolution 61/222. Delegates exchanged views on the existence of a governance or regulatory gap, and while most agreed that implementation deficits exist that need to be addressed, there was no agreement on the presence of governance or regulatory gaps.
Delegates then addressed other matters and focused on the future of the Working Group. While most agreed on the value of continuing the Working Group, there was concern from some states over the financial implications of a third meeting.
Co-Chairs Hill and Gomez-Robkedo adjourned the meeting at 12:20 pm in order to prepare their Co-Chairs' statement. The Working Group is scheduled to reconvene at 11:00 am Friday.