Welcome the progress made towards an empowered and inclusive CoP and its components that will allow States to act together for a healthy ocean life, working with a dedicated Secretariat, indigenous and local knowledge and scientific technical body which will guide the implementation of the agreement. Note with concern areas that remain, including the need to develop standards and guidelines for EIAs, the need for a sharing of benefits and needs based capacity building. Imperative we use this final interim period to prioritize and tackle the most polarizing issues. If we are to be stewards of ABNJs for present and future generations we must rise up to the spirit of multilateralism that led to the signing of UNCLOS and finalize a treaty by the end of this year.