Highlights and images for 18 July 2017


On Tuesday, 18 July, delegates met in plenary throughout the day to continue consideration of a revised Chair’s text containing draft recommendations to the UN General Assembly. Discussions focused on the following draft elements of a new international legally binding instrument: general elements, including use of terms, scope of application, objectives and relationships with other instruments; general principles and approaches; marine genetic resources; area-based management tools, including marine protected areas; and environmental impact assessments.

Chair Duarte proposed concluding consideration of the revised Chair’s draft on Wednesday morning; holding informal consultations with interested delegations on Wednesday afternoon on difficult points on a non-objection basis; and if no reformulation is possible, developing another section in the draft recommendations to deal with non-consensus points.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from the 4th 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. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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L-R: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Barbara Boechat, Brazil; Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil; Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS; and Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS

View of PrepCom 4 participants

Zakieh Taghizadeh, Iran

Alice Revell, New Zealand

Jean Kenfack, Cameroon

María Claudia Vélez Crismatt, Colombia

Paulo José Chiarelli, Brazil

Metod Špacek, EU

Teresa Cruz Sardiñas, Cuba

Michael Googan, Australia

John Fintakpa Lamega, Togo

Larisa Chernysheva, Russian Federation

Martin Zvachula, Federated States of Micronesia

Ma Xinmin, China

Margo Deiye, Nauru, on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group

Rena Lee, Singapore

Evan Bloom, US

L-R: René Lefeber, Tom Diederen, and Wini Broadbelt, the Netherlands

Alistair Graham, Australia, in a conversation with delegates from China

Zentaro Naganuma, Japan, confers with Diedre Mills, Jamaica

L-R: Evan Bloom, US, in a discussion with Zentaro Naganuma, Japan

Joan Yang, Nauru (second from right) in a discussion with delegates from Canada and Switzerland

Delegates from the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) consulting

Delegates from the African Group in informal consultations

Publications at PrepCom 4