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Fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction

7-11 May 2012 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
Highlights for Friday, 11 May 2012
UN HQ
United Nations Headquarters from First Avenue.
On Friday morning, Co-Chair Lijnzaad reported that the Friends of the Co-Chairs group had met until 10:15pm on Thursday night, and was due to reconvene to complete its work. Several delegations questioned the fact that the Co-Chairs group format does not allow for NGO participation. WWF expressed disappointment on behalf of all NGOs present at the Working Group’s meeting that the question of whether to allow the participation of a limited number of civil society representatives into the Friends of the Co-Chairs group was not discussed in plenary. Delegates also briefly discussed the aims of the intersessional workshops under discussion in the Friends of the Co-Chairs group. Co-Chair Lijnzaad suspended the session, and reconvened the Friends of the Co-Chairs meeting until 3:00pm.

In the afternoon, Co-Chair Kohona reported that the Friends of the Co-Chairs group had reached agreement on an annex providing terms of reference for the intersessional workshops. Delegates agreed to continue consideration of the Co-Chairs' non-paper containing draft recommendations in plenary. After consensus was not reached on four paragraphs, plenary was suspended in the evening while a small drafting group deliberated. Plenary resumed at 10.45pm to adopt the recommendations and terms of reference for the intersessional workshops. The meeting was gaveled to a close at 11:03pm by Co-Chair Lijnzaad.

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Afternoon dais shot

The Co-Chairs and Secretariat reviewed the draft text before convening an afternoon session to discuss edits.

Duncan Currie and Civil Society Delegates
Duncan Currie, Greenpeace, and other Civil Society delegates, in the corridors.
François Bailet
François Bailet, DOALOS, in the corridors.
Sophie Mirgaux and Sue Lieberman
Sophie Mirgaux, Belgium, chatted with Sue Lieberman, Pew Environment Group, in the corridors.
Brice Lalonde
Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator for Rio+20, announced the launch of RioDialogues.Org, a site to ask the online public for their input on numerous topics, including oceans.
Delegates chatted

Michael Kabai, South Africa, Robert Borje, Philippines, and Joan Yang, Nauru, chatted before the afternoon session.

Gavel shot

Co-Chair Liesbeth Lijnzaad, Netherlands, gaveled the meeting to a close at 11:03pm.

Around the Working Group
59th Street Bridge

The 59th Street bridge, late on a sunny afternoon.

Room A Information Screen

Bracketed text on an informational screen outside Conference Room A reflected the lack of consensus among States on whether the General Assembly Rules of Procedure required the Friends of the Co-Chairs group to be open, informal, limited, or closed.

ENB Team with Secretariat Staff

Members of the DOALOS Secretariat and Earth Negotiations Bulletin team for the 5th Session of the Working Group: (L-R) Michael Kearney, Secretariat, Claudio Chiarolla, ENB Writer, Luigi Santosuosso, Secretariat, Alice Hicuburundi, DOALOS Secretary, Charlotte Salpin, Secretariat, Marco Boccia, Secretariat, Tallash Kantai, ENB Writer, Elisa Morgera, ENB Team Leader, Dan Birchałl, ENB Digital Editor. Photo by Daniela Diz.

Civil Society Comic
Civil Society Cartoon

While waiting for government representatives to finish meetings closed to civil society and NGOs, some civil society representatives expressed their concern about the process by distributing a comic.

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