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Biodiversity Policy & Practice

Seventh 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 (BBNJ)

1-4 April 2014 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

The seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group (hereinafter, the Working Group) to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) convened from 1-4 April 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York. The meeting was the first of three meetings (April 2014, June 2014 and January 2015) convened by the UN General Assembly through its resolution 68/70 to discuss the scope, parameters and feasibility of a possible new international instrument on BBNJ under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The outcome of these meetings is expected to contribute to a decision to be taken at the sixty-ninth session of the UN General Assembly.

The meeting was attended by close to 200 participants, including national delegations, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Delegates delivered general statements on Tuesday, and engaged in plenary discussions on the scope (Tuesday and Wednesday), parameters (Wednesday) and feasibility of a new international instrument under UNCLOS (Wednesday and Thursday). The meeting was considered successful in that it engaged delegations for the first time in an interactive substantive debate that created momentum for more detailed deliberations in June 2014. The meeting was also lauded by NGOs for its transparent proceedings. This briefing note summarizes the discussions and outcome of the seventh meeting of the Working Group, and is organized according to its agenda. 

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bulletIISD RS briefing note of the Sixth 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 (BBNJ), 19-23 August 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

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bulletIISD RS coverage of the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 8-19 October 2012, Hyderabad, India

bulletIISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at CBD COP 11, 8-19 October 2012, Hyderabad, India

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Thirteenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, 29 May - 1 June 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

bulletIISD RS coverage of the 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

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bulletIISD RS coverage of the Fourth 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, 31 May - 3 June 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

bulletIISD 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 biodiversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction, 1-5 February 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (HTML - PDF)

bulletIISD RS coverage of the CBD COP 10, 18-29 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Selected Side Events at CBD COP 10, 18-29 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Eleventh meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, 21-25 June 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

bulletIISD 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

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Tenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, 17-19 June 2009, UN Headquarters in New York, United States of America

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Ninth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, 23-27 June 2008, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

bulletIISD RS coverage of CBD COP 9, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Selected Side Events at CBD COP 9, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Eighth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, 25-29 June 2007, UN headquarters, New York, United States of America

bulletIISD 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

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