Yesterday we dealt with cross cutting issues which are applicable to the entire agreement such as dispute resolution, structure and function of the clearing-house mechanism, definitions and principles.

The HSA intervened empathising the need for effective accessible implementation mechanisms which focus on making the Agreement more effective as well as proposing text for workable definitions of MPAs.

Greenpeace held a side event to launch their new 30×30  report which uses scientific mapping to explore how 30% of the ocean can be protected through MPAs.

As we enter the final day of negotiations, the pressing question is around the way forward between now and IGC3 in August 2019.

HSA is pushing for the development of zero draft text – essentially negotiating text – well ahead of IGC3. This is a position which is supported by many States, through some are still calling for the inclusion of more options in the text.  This would create the risk that we simply re-run the last two weeks at IGC3, pushing us perilously close to running out of time to complete the treaty in 2020 – an important and mandated deadline.

L-R: IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore; Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS; and Bart Smit Duijzentkunst, UNDOALOS ©IMAGE IISD/ENB | Francis Dejon