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1st Session of the Preparatory Committee Established by the UN General Assembly Resolution 69/292 “Development of an International Legally Binding Instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction”

28 March - 8 April 2016 | UN headquarters, New York

Highlights for Monday, 4 April 2016

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A species of hermit crab from Dauin, the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Marcelo Halpern

On Monday, 4 April 2016, the informal working group on area-based management tools, including marine protected areas, facilitated by John Adank (New Zealand), continued in the morning. In the afternoon, the PrepCom plenary reconvened briefly, followed by an informal working group on environmental impact assessments, facilitated by René Lefeber (the Netherlands)​.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, is providing daily web coverage and daily reports from the 1st Session of the Preparatory Committee Established by the UN General Assembly Resolution 69/292 “Development of an International Legally Binding Instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction.” In addition, IISD Reporting Services, will publish a summary and analysis report of the meeting on Monday, 11 April 2016.
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L-R: Alice Hicuburundi, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS);
Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; John Adank, New Zealand, facilitator for the
informal working group on area-based management tools, including marine protected areas;
Valentina Germani, UNDOALOS; and Carlos Fuentes, UNDOALOS


Anna Knyazeva, Russian Federation

Thembile Joyini, South Africa, on behalf of the African Group



Cristian Laborda Mora, Chile

Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway


L-R: Amena Yauvoli, Fiji; Sophie Mirgaux, EU; and John Brincat, EU




Mundita Lim
, the Philippines


Jeem Lippwe
, Federated States of Micronesia



Chandra Prakash Goyal
, India

Alice Revell, New Zealand


Tilani Silva, Sri Lanka


Ahmed Al-Hashmi, United Arab Emirates


Isaías Medina Mejías
, Venezuela

Geoff Burton, UN University

Kristina Gjerde, IUCN


Sylvia Earle
, Mission Blue

Lora Nordtvedt Reeve, Ocean Care


Mohammad Reza Salamat, UN Division for Sustainable Development (DESA)


Rishy Bukoree
, Mauritius

Fred Sarufa, Papua New Guinea


John Brincat, EU, making a statement during a session on marine protected areas


L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago;
Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS; and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS


René Lefeber, the Netherlands, facilitator for the informal working group on environmental
impact assessments



Rueanna Haynes, Trinidad and Tobago


Prim Masrinuan, Thailand, on behalf of the G-77/China



Natalie Morris-Sharma, Singapore


Gina Guillén-Grillo, Costa Rica



Wini Broadbelt, EU


Elizabeth Brierley, Pacific Islands Forum


James Ndirangu Waweru, Kenya


Delegates from Greece and Croatia exchanging views at the end of the session


L-R: Olivier Guyonvarch, France; André Abreu, Tara Expeditions; and Daniela Diz Pinto, IISD


L-R: Margo Deiye, Nauru; Thembile Joyini, South Africa and Joan Yang, Nauru


L-R: Ludovic Schultz, France; Joelle Casanova, Monaco; Tidiani Couma, Monaco;
and Florian Botto, Monaco


Reception hosted by the Bertarelli Foundation, in partnership with IUCN
and the High Seas Alliance










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IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the European Union, the Government of Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2016 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, SWAN International, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).