Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

July 21, 2017 – Successful UN Prep Com outcome for a new agreement on BBNJ:

brief report on the BBNJ and the SG – Ocean, Coast and Coral Reefs Specialist Group members contributed to a milestone in the Law of the Sea through their participation in the two-year process of developing recommendations for conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. On the evening of July 21, 2017, a UN Preparatory Committee agreed, by consensus, to recommend that the UN GA decide as soon as possible to begin intergovernmental negotiations on an agreement. The PrepCom’s report, available

HERE, covers options for management of marine genetic resources, especially benefit-sharing; environmental impact assessment; area-based management tools, especially marine protected areas; capacity-building and technology transfer; and cross-cutting issues like institutional design. SG members provided expertise to the meeting as members of several delegations. SG member participation in the Ocean Conference, held the previous month to launch SDG 14-Life Below Water, also supported the goals of ocean conservation. Both implementation of SDG 14 commitments and the development of a text for an international instrument on governance of ocean biodiversity will provide many opportunities for the SG’s contributions.

Report of the Preparatory Committee established by General Assembly resolution 69/292: Development of an international legally binding instrumentunder 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


#OceanAction19759 The United Nations Ocean Conference, New York, 5-9 June 2017.
IRD Voluntary Statement in collaboration with the CIDCE, SPREP (Intergovernmental organization) Conservation International Pacific Islands programme (NGO) –

The Rights of the Pacific Ocean as a Legal Entity : A science based feasibility study
“At the beginning was the Ocean…” The Pacific Ocean is more than water or food cellar for most Pacific Islanders. It is part of their lives, of their family, of their blood. Land, Sea and Men are a whole. The Ocean has its mana (spiritual authority) and mauri (life force). To recognize the Pacific Ocean as a legal person is in keeping with Pacific Islands cultures. Recognizing rights to Nature as person is not only a legal possibility nowadays but probably the best next step in environmental protection policies. Whanganui, Ganges and Yamuna Rivers, Nature in Ecuador and Bolivia have opened the way to think big in terms of Rights of the Nature. Our commitment is to undertake multi-disciplinary scientific studies to enhance knowledge on the Ocean, to identify possible rights to be recognized to the Ocean on its own, in compliance with existing international law, to improve existing national laws and propose new ones to treat and protect the Ocean as a person, enhance its resilience in the wake of Climate Change, over-exploitation of marine biodiversity and past and future man-made pollutions and give it a legal voice in its own right. The final objective is to draft with participatory methods by 2020 a convention on the Rights of the Pacific Ocean open for signature for all countries. the Secretariat of this Convention would be the parens patriae for the Pacific Ocean, its guardian and its voice in the legal and political arena. We intend to work in a peaceful and constructive approach with national governments, intergovernmental organizations, citizens, private sector stakeholders etc. without any discrimination. If successful this commitment could be replicated for other Oceans and Elements of Nature.

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Global Ocean Trust

International Instruments for the protection and preservation of Zones Beyond National Jurisdiction: Marine Genetic Resources, Fishing and Governance (LLM thesis)