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Biodiversity Policy & Practice
Fourth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction

31 May - 3 June 2011 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

Highlights for Wednesday, 1 June 2011
On Wednesday morning, delegates exchanges ideas on the scientific, technical, economic, legal, environmental, socio-economic and other aspects of the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), focusing on marine protected areas (MPAs), environmental impact assessment (EIA) processes and marine genetic resources (MGRs). Delegates welcomed discussions moving beyond ideological debates and clear willingness from all parties to engage in substantive discussions.

In the afternoon, they discussed possible options and approaches for the conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ, including: an intergovernmental committee to negotiate a new UNCLOS implementation agreement as a package; a more focused agenda for the Working Group; and in-depth intersessional work prior to the next meeting of the Working Group, including in the form of informal workshops. The Friends of the Co-Chairs group reconvened in the evening.
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UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea resources
*Meeting website
*Meeting agenda
*Draft format and draft annotated provisional agenda and organization of work
*Meeting side events
*Report of the Secretary-General

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Briefing Note of the Third Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction, 1-5 February 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the CBD, 18-29 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan
IISD RS coverage of the Selected Side Events at CBD COP 10, 18-29 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan
IISD RS coverage of the Eleventh Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-11), 21-25 June 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
IISD RS coverage of the Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group on Marine Biodiversity to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction, 28 April - 2 May 2008, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
IISD RS coverage of ICP-10, 17-19 June 2009, UN Headquarters in New York, United States of America
IISD RS coverage of ICP-9, 23-27 June 2008, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
IISD RS coverage of CBD COP 9, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
IISD RS coverage of the Selected Side Events at CBD COP 9, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
IISD RS coverage of ICP-8, 25-29 June 2007, UN headquarters, New York, United States of America
IISD RS coverage of the First Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group on Marine Biodiversity to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction, 13-17 February 2006, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS archive of meetings on biodiversity; and backgrounder
*IISD RS archive of meetings on water, oceans, and wetlands; and backgrounder
*Oceans-L - A news and announcement list on oceans policy issues
*Biodiv-L - A news and announcement list on biodiversity and wildlife policy issues
*Water-L - A news and announcement list on water policy issues
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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