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ABMTs, 21 August 2019: DOALOS Summary on the ABMT + MPA Informal Working Group


Speakers Consider Criteria for Area-Based Management Tools, as Negotiations on Draft Treaty to Protect Marine Biodiversity Enter Third Day

22 August 2019


High Seas Alliance Statement, 22nd August, EIA Informal Working Group Article 32


Intervention Day 4 22 August 2019 EIA Informal Working Group (Articles 30-34) Article 32 Thank you Mr. Facilitator With respect to Article 32 on Impact Assessment and Evaluation: On Paragraph 1, we support the inclusion of best scientific information and traditional knowledge, and we support CARICOM in recommending that the no action alternative be considered. … Continued


High Seas Alliance Statement, 22nd August, EIA Informal Working Group Article 31


Agenda Item 6 Intervention Day 4 IGC3 22 August 2019 EIA Informal Working Group (Articles 30-34) Article 31 Thank you Mr Facilitator With respect to Article 31: The US helpfully parsed out the two issues that should be but weren’t quite addressed in para 1: 1) the obligation to conduct scoping and 2) who develops … Continued


High Seas Alliance Statement, 22nd August, EIA Informal Working Group Article 30


Agenda Item 6 Intervention Day 4 IGC3 22 August 2019 EIA Informal Working Group (Articles 30-34) Article 30 Thank you Mr Facilitator On Article 30, paragraph 3, we support G77, CLAM, PSIDS, CARICOM, New Zealand, Norway, US, Australia and others in their recommendations with respect to submitting information, (or making it publically available) to support … Continued


High Seas Alliance Reflection on IGC3 Day 3


The morning session was devoted to a Working Group on ABMTs, Articles 16-18.  Facilitators are focussing on articles that require significant attention or having the most outstanding issues. The session today concluded with a full read of Article 16.   Today’s afternoon sessions took place in informal informals format on EIAs (Articles 23 and 38) … Continued

21 August 2019


High Seas Alliance Reflection on IGC3 Day 2


IGC3 is the first time in this process that delegates have engaged in text-based negotiations, and negotiators are going through the draft text, article by article, seeking agreement and compromise.  Although the actual process of doing so can be slow, this is a time of great activity in the margins with numerous bilaterals being held, … Continued


CBTT, 20 September 2019: DOALOS Summary of the CBTT Informal Working Group


Delegates Consider Role of Capacity-Building, Technology Transfer, as Deliberations Continue on Treaty Governing Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdictions Delegates working to draft a new treaty on biodiversity in areas of the ocean beyond national jurisdiction today weighed issues related to building capacity and transferring marine technology, with speakers outlining a range of views on how … Continued


Crossing-cutting Informal Working Group, 19 August 2019: Article 4


ARTICLE 4 Relationship between this Agreement and the Convention and other [existing] relevant legal instruments and frameworks and relevant global, regional and sectoral bodies President’s Text  1.Nothing in this Agreement shall prejudice the rights, jurisdiction and duties of States under the Convention. This Agreement shall be interpreted and applied in the context of and in … Continued

20 August 2019


Cross-cutting Informal Working Group, 19 August 2019: Article 3


ARTICLE 3 Application President’s Text The provisions of this Agreement apply to areas beyond national jurisdiction.   This Agreement does not apply to any warship, naval auxiliary, other vessels or aircraft owned or operated by a State and used, for the time being, only on government non-commercial service. However, each State shall ensure, by the … Continued


Cross-cutting Informal Working Group, 19 August 2019: Article 2


ARTICLE 2 Objective   President’s Text The objective of this Agreement is to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction through effective implementation of the relevant provisions of the Convention and further international cooperation and coordination.   (19 August 2019) Delegates discussed whether: “General” should precede … Continued


High Seas Alliance, 19 August 2019: Opening Statement


Thank you Madame President, I am honored to speak on behalf of the High Seas Alliance and its 40 member organizations, many of whom are represented here today, and collectively represent millions of people around the world concerned with the future of the high seas. We also align ourselves with the statement made by IUCN. … Continued

19 August 2019


IUCN, 19 August 2019: Opening Statement


The International Union for Conservation of Nature would first like to express sincere gratitude to you for your dedicated, responsive and inclusive leadership in this process. We appreciate the significant progress that has been made so far, and particularly welcome the draft text, which has provided opportunities for more concrete and detailed thinking. Over the … Continued


Egypt, 19 August 2019: Opening Statement


Align with G77+China and African Group We look forward to constructive deliberations and emphasize the importance of paying due attention to CBTT in a manner that meets the legitimate interests of developing countries.   Tags egypt G77 AG CBTT   UNTV link to Statement from Egypt, 19th August: Opening Statement 


Cameroon, 19 August 2019: Opening Statement


Align with G77 and AG Cameroon is on the Congo basin and concerned about ocean health – we depend on it. That’s why we need transparent governance of ABNJ. Conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ is essential. Cameroon hopes to see CHM subject to this agreement. We want to share advantages of marine resources through … Continued


Republic of Korea, 19 August 2019: Opening Statement


The draft text will be able to serve as an effective basis for IGC3 and future discussions. Despite efforts, gaps remain wide. If we’re to deliver the instrument that will contribute to conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ we need to work together to come up with what’s feasible and practical, not undermine existing instruments. … Continued


Russian Federation, 19 August 2019: Opening Statement


Since many have stressed that 2020 should be the deadline, we’d like to emphasize that first and foremost it is the result that is important. We’re ready to work as far as is necessary. We wouldn’t want to sacrifice the quality of our work to reach a deadline. The objective for the conference should be … Continued


Japan, 19 August 2019: Opening Statement


The Agreement needs to be achievable – it needs to be feasible and practical for state parties to implement. The Agreement must be fully consistent with UNCLOS. The issue that needs the most delicate balance is the relationship between the new Agreement and existing bodies. It should be based on mutual respect and not distrust. … Continued


US, 19 August 2019: Opening Statement


The US is a maritime nation and a partner to many on CB. We are committed to MSR and to the implementation of ocean-related treaty.  We believe this should promote research and development. ILBI must be consistent with UNCLOS which is so important to all states. We have the opportunity to enhance cooperation but must … Continued


International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), 19 August 2019: Opening Statement


A statement was delivered. UNTV link to Statement from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, 19th August: Opening Statement 


Mauritius, 19 August 2019: Opening Statement


Align with G77, AG, AOSIS In line with resolution 72/249 you have set the tempo. In the spirit of cooperation and constructive engagement all member states will strive that an ILBI is adopted by consensus as soon as possible. UNTV link to Statement from Mauritius, 19th August: Opening Statement 


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