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UN DOALOS UN Fish Stocks Agreement Review Conference
UN Headquarters, New York | 22-26 May 2006
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UNFSA Review Conference Ends in Consensus

Updated 26 May, 23:45 EDT (GMT-0400)

On Friday, 26 May 2006, the drafting committee to the Review Conference of the UN Fish Stocks Agreement (UNFSA or the Agreement) met early in the morning and finalized the draft Review Conference report sections that reflect negotiated outcomes on: conservation and management; international cooperation and non-members; and monitoring, control and surveillance, and compliance and enforcement.

The plenary met briefly in the morning to address outstanding agenda items (the credentials committee report and the status of the Assistance Fund), following which delegates returned to the drafting committee to begin consideration of draft text on developing States and non-parties.

In the evening, the drafting committee recessed, and delegations consulted in small groups on future consultations of the parties and possible review conferences. Compromise text was developed, and edited to remove brackets, and plenary resumed at 9:15 pm. Elements of a final report were adopted at 9:24 pm, and President Balton declared the Review Conference suspended at 9:31 pm. The Conference will reconvene at a date not later than 2011, with the exact date to be determined during a future informal session.


Friday, 26 May
Morning Plenary

Credentials Committee Chair Amarawansa Hettiarachchi, Sri Lanka, presented the report of the credentials committee (A/CONF/210/2006/13) in plenary. The report was approved without amendment.

FAO reported on the status of the Assistance Fund, stating that the Fund's administration is proceeding smoothly and with a short turnaround time, and noting UNDOALOS and FAO's efforts to disseminate information about the Fund.

Drafting Committee Chair Fernando Curcio, Spain, reported to plenary on the committee's progress.
Evening Consultations

Delegations from Latin America conferred during a drafting committee recess.

European delegations conferred during a drafting committee recess.

Delegates from New Zealand, Norway and Canada conferred during a drafting committee recess.
Closing Plenary


At the start of closing plenary, delegates read copies of the drafting committee outcomes.

European delegates conferred while they waited for closing plenary to begin.

Mario Aguilar, Mexico, asked President Balton and the Secretariat to look for any errors in the documents and correct them when preparing the final report.

Gerhard Hafner, Austria, for the EU, congratulated President Balton and Drafting Committee Chair Curcio on the successful conclusion of the work of the Review Conference.

Ecuador thanked Drafting Committee Chair Curcio and President Balton for their hard work throughout the week.

President Balton declared the Review Conference suspended and gaveled the meeting to a close at 9:31 pm.
Scenes From The Week

Members of Fiji's delegation.

Jens Peter Prothmann, Namibia

Gonzalo Pereira, CPPS

Marième Diagne Talla, Senegal

Lori Ridgeway, Canada, conferred with Marcos de Almeida, Brazil.

IATTC

Sierra Leone

Ponce de León

Conference President David Balton and Ponce de León, at center, with your Earth Negotiations Bulletin team: Dan Birchall, Digital Editor, United States; Elisa Morgera, Team Leader, Italy; Reem Hajjar, Writer, Canada; Nienke Beintema, Writer, Netherlands; and Andrew Brooke, Writer, Australia.

Related Links

ENB coverage of the 1995 Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Stocks.
UN Division for Oceans Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS).
Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) - Chapter 17.

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