United Nations – Nippon Foundation Fellows (2016) – week 4 activities

Following the activities in the previous week, which involved Fellows observation on 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 (Prepcom), this week the Fellows engaged in a practical group exercise of reporting on the activities observed at the Prepcom.

This week, 11 – 15 of April, the Fellows took practical steps in report writing. The positive spirit and team work came to the fore during the week’s activities. There was absolute cooperation, commitment and dedication on the part of the Fellows during the week’s work and for that I applaud all of us.

During the previous week i.e. 1 – 7 of April, the Fellows had observed the Prepcom during their negotiations and deliberations on the formulation of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. The Prepcom consisted of four informal working groups which deliberated on different topics. Each of the informal working groups focused on one of the following areas:

Marine Genetic Resources (MGR)

Area Based Management Tools (ABMTs)

Environmental Impact Assessment and (EIA)IMG-20160420-WA0021

Capacity Building and Transfer of Marine Technology. (CP&TMT)

Consequently, Fellows divided themselves into four groups, each group to follow the proceedings of one of the informal working groups of the Prepcom.

The Fellows were privileged to observe the whole process of the working groups and subsequently each group prepared their report according to their observations.  A copy of the report was officially presented to our programme Advisor, MS. Valentina Germani, and after an in-depth group discussion, the report was adopted (borrowing a word from the Prepcom!!) and it was saved on the Q drive for reference purposes.

The fellows also received a very warm welcome from the Director of DOALOS Ms. Goettsche-Wanli, on Tuesday 12 of April. She gave us a general overview of DOALOS role and activities. Lectures were also delivered during the week by Mr. Francois Bailet, who delivered a thought provoking lecture on ocean governance and the Matrix; while Ms. Valentina resourcefully took us through the process of report writing.

The fellows also had some fun moments to lighten up the pressure of work. We discovered a very nice place for happy hour lunches and drinks, we explored and truly enjoyed it.

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