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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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About Valentina Germani

Ms. Valentina Germani is a Legal Officer with the Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (DOALOS), where she has worked since 2001. Currently, she is the Programme Advisor of the United Nations - Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme on Human Resources Development and Advancement of the Legal Order of the World's Oceans. Previously, her assignments at the Division included working on delineation of maritime zones, in particular the continental shelf, marine environment and biological diversity, fisheries, sustainable development and capacity-building. From 2010 to 2012 Ms. Germani was seconded to the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, where she worked as a Legal Officer dealing with compliance and the UNFCCC intergovernmental negotiating processes. Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Germani worked as a Lecturer on the LLM Programme of the University of London, where she taught International Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law at the University College of London and Queen Mary respectively. Education LLM (Master Degree in Law) in Public International Law - London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, 1999 LLB (Law Degree) - Cardiff Law School, UK, 1998

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