During the third week of their fellowship, the fellows attended and followed the proceedings of the second week of the First Session of the Preparatory Committee established by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 69/292 for the development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (‘First BBNJ Preparatory Committee’).
On 4 April 2016, in the morning, the fellows followed the continuation of proceedings of the informal working group (WG) on measures such as area-based management tools (ABMTs), including marine protected areas (MPAs). Discussions on the issue of ABMTs including MPAs had initially commenced on the afternoon of 1 April 2016 under the facilitation of Mr. John Adank (New Zealand). In the afternoon, the fellows followed the proceedings of the informal WG on environmental impact assessments (EIAs). Mr. Rene Lefeber (The Netherlands) facilitated the discussions of State delegations (‘the delegation’) on the issue of EIAs.
On 5 April 2016, in the morning, the fellows followed the continuation of proceedings of the informal WG on EIAs. In the afternoon, the fellows followed the proceedings of the informal WG on capacity-building (CB) and the transfer of marine technology (TMT). Discussions on the issue of CB and TMT were facilitated by Ms. Rena Lee (Singapore).
On 6 April 2016, in the morning, the fellows followed the continuation of proceedings of the informal working group on CB and TMT. In the afternoon, the fellows followed the reconvened plenary session where all facilitators of the informal WGs on the four main issues set out in the 2011 package deal provided oral reports to the plenary of the informal WG discussions.
On 7 April 2016, the fellows followed the morning and afternoon plenary sessions where, following the oral presentation of reports by the respective facilitators of the informal WGs on the four main issues set out in the 2011 package deal, State delegations made observations and further discussed these issues in plenary. During lunchbreak, the fellows met on their own to share their views on the discussions that took place at the four informal WGs and plenary of this First BBNJ Preparatory Committee. The fellows held this meeting with a view to preparing their own report of the discussions at this First BBNJ Preparatory Committee, to be discussed the following week with Valentina.
On 8 April 2016, the fellows followed the proceedings of the plenary session which were chaired by the Chairperson of the BBNJ Preparatory Committee, H. E. Charles Eden (Trinidad and Tobago), for discussions on the way forward subsequent to the First BBNJ Preparatory Committee. The delegations expressed their views on the form and substance of the upcoming formal negotiations during the Second BBNJ Preparatory Committee, scheduled for the period 26 August to 9 September 2016.
Some fun was also on the agenda!!