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Biodiversity Policy & Practice
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 Monday, 7 May 2012
NLCB CR2 Room shot
Conference Room 2 of the North Lawn Building.
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 jurisdictionThe 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 (the Working Group) opened on Monday, 7 May 2012 at UN Headquarters in New York, with a view to providing recommendations to the UN General Assembly at its sixty-seventh session.

In the morning delegates addressed organizational issues, discussing the wording and sequence of agenda items. In the afternoon, delegates delivered opening statements and started substantive discussions on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).
Opening Plenary
Opening Dais

The dais just before the start of the opening plenary. L-R: Serguei Tarassenko, Director, DOALOS; Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs; Co-Chair Liesbeth Lijnzaad, the Netherlands; Co-Chair Amb. Palitha Kohona, Sri Lanka; Alice Hicuburundi, Secretary, DOALOS; and Luigi Santosuosso, DOALOS Secretariat.

Side Event
UNU/UNESCO/IUCN/IDDRI Marine Genetic Resources side event

At lunchtime, a side event on "Marine Genetic Resources" was presented by the United Nations University, UNESCO, IUCN, and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations.

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*Meeting website
*Meeting provisional agenda
*Draft format and draft annotated provisional agenda and organization of work
*Meeting side events
*Fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group - Presentations on selected topics
*Second meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group - Abstracts of scientific presentations

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