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Ninth 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)

20-23 January 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

Highlights for Friday, 23 January 2015
The ninth 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) concluded on Friday, 23 January 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York.

After a brief morning plenary session, delegates met informally throughout the day to work toward consensus wording for draft recommendations on a future intergovernmental conference. Co-Chair Palitha Kohona (Sri Lanka) formally suspended plenary at 5:10pm to allow for informal discussions on outstanding issues. Negotiations continued informally until 2:05am on Saturday morning, at which time the final paragraphs of text were agreed. Plenary resumed to adopt the draft recommendations, after which Co-Chair Kohona declared the meeting closed at 2:56am.

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of the BBNJ Working Group will be available on Monday, 26 January 2015, at this site.
Applause
After working late into the night to ensure the Working Group successfully fulfilled its mandate, participants applauded the efforts of the Co-Chairs and Secretariat.
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Dais Shot

A view of the dais at the start of the final day.

Elizabeth Kim
Elizabeth Kim, United States.
Thembile Joyini
Thembile Joyini, South Africa, for the G-77/China.
Norbert Bärlocher
Norbert Bärlocher, Switzerland.
Huddle
Delegations huddled to discuss their acceptance of negotiated text.
Distribution
Secretariat staff distributed the final draft text to eager participants.
Closing Plenary

Participants crowded into a smaller meeting room for the short final plenary.

Catherine Boucher
Catherine Boucher, Canada.
Tullio Scovazzi
Tullio Scovazzi, Italy, for the EU.
Christiane Engelbrecht
Christiane Engelbrecht, Venezuela.
Side Event
IUCN side event
IUCN held a side event presenting the book...
IUCN side event
"Governance of Marine Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation."
Around the Working Group
Delegates
Delegates shared a laugh before the morning plenary.
Philippines Delegation
Delegates from the Philippines smiled for a photo.
Delegates Conferring
Delegates from New Zealand, the EU and Norway conferred.
Alina Argüello
Alina Argüello, Nicaragua, gestured while intervening.
NGO Delegates
NGO delegates worked into the night.
Sleeping Delegates
Some delegates found it too great a struggle to stay awake.
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Meeting Resources

*Meeting Website *Meeting Provisional Annotated Agenda and Organization of Work
*Meeting Side Events *Co-Chairs’ Summary of Discussions from the 8th meeting
*Background Information


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