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.

  • What is a Preparatory Commission?
  • Why would a Preparatory Commission be advisable for BBNJ?
  • What modalities would a Preparatory Commission need to function well?
  • What could be key priorities for the Preparatory Commission’s work?
  • How can a Preparatory Commission be established?