How could a Preparatory Commission contribute to rapid effective implementation of BBNJ?

Preparatory Commissions (PrepComs) are often established after an international Agreement has been signed to prepare for its entry into force.

This briefing outlines how a PrepCom could benefit the High Seas Treaty (BBNJ) Agreement, given the necessity to draft key documents that lay the groundwork for the functioning of the Agreement and its subsidiary bodies before it can start its substantive work.

  • Why would a Preparatory Commission be advisable for BBNJ?
  • What are the tasks allocated to the first meetings of the CoP?
  • What modalities would a Preparatory Commission need to function well?
  • What could be key priorities for the Preparatory Commission’s work?
  • How many PrepComs would be required?
  • Why is establishing a PrepCom via a UN General Assembly resolution urgent?