The conclusion of a strong BBNJ agreement is a priority for the US. We are more aligned now on MPAs and ABMTs, more aligned on EIAs, more aligned on benefit sharing on MGRs, and more aligned on the conditions needed for collaboration in capacity building. 

Differences in views remain, but encouraged by substantial progress on many issues.  Will work intersessionally to make further progress and think we can conclude in August. Want full participation of delegations and observers at IGC5.