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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 Tuesday, 31 May 2011
The fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group on marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction opened on Tuesday 31 May 2011 at UN Headquarters in New York. Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, on behalf of the UN Legal Counsel Patricia O’Brien, recalled the “modest but nonetheless important” recommendations of the Working Group at its third meeting, stressing that the General Assembly is the only global forum with multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral competence to provide policy guidance on all issues related to marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, and highlighting the importance of the Working Group’s recommendations for Rio+20.

Delegates addressed organizational issues, with discussions focusing on the wording of the agenda, and delivered general statements. In the afternoon, they heard four expert presentations on: the International Seabed Authority, intellectual property rights, the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing, and marine protected areas and environmental impact assessment processes. An open-ended Friends of the Co-Chairs group, limited to national delegations, convened in the evening to commence drafting recommendations based on the general statements.
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Co-Chairs Liesbeth Lijnzaad (Netherlands) and Palitha Kohona (Sri Lanka) and UNDOALOS Secretariat welcoming delegates to the meeting.
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Delegates huddling to discuss the wording of the agenda.
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Rama Rao of World Intellectual Property Organization presenting on intellectual property rights and marine genetic resources during the afternoon plenary.
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*Draft format and draft annotated provisional agenda and organization of work
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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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