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  • Marine Genetic Resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

    The United Nations General Assembly adopted on 24 December 2017 Resolution UNGA/RES/72/249 in which it decided to convene an Intergovernmental Conference (IGC), under the auspices of the United Nations, to elaborate the text of an international legally binding instrument under United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, with a view to developing the instrument as soon as possible. The first, organizational session, of the Intergovernmental Conference took place in April 2018. The first substantive session of the IGC took place in September 2018; and the second substantive is about to take place from 24 March to 5 April 2019.

    The negotiations address the topics identified as “the package” in paragraph 2 of the Modalities Resolution (UNGA/RES/72/249): marine genetic resources, including questions on the sharing of benefits, measures such as area-based management tools, including marine protected areas, environmental impact assessments and capacity-building and the transfer of marine technology as well as more general cross-cutting issues. At this stage of the negotiation, the topic of marine genetic resources (MGR) represents one of the crucial but least-developed elements of the package of issues identified in the BBNJ Modalities Resolution (UNGA/RES/72/249).

    The European Commission is organizing the workshop "Marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction: bridging policy, law, science and research and development" on 21st and 22nd May, in Brussels. This aim of this workshop is to support the on-going negotiations at the United Nations, in the context of the IGC to elaborate the text of an international legally-binding instrument under United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

    The main focus of the workshop will be to explore and develop, in an informal setting, possible pragmatic options with regard to the issues which have emerged at the BBNJ negotiations so far, with a view to facilitating progress. The emerging solutions should keep up with the rapid advance of science and technology so that the envisaged treaty can remain relevant. In this respect the scientific community as well as the private sector should be involved in the development of the future treaty.

    This workshop will provide the opportunity for scientists and the private sector to engage with policy and law experts negotiating the future instrument. The workshop will also aim to ensure the widest possible geographical representation so that the broadest range of views can be taken into consideration in the development of possible options for marine genetic resources in the future treaty.

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    Martin's Brussels EU Hotel Boulevard Charlemagne 80 1000 Brussels Belgium
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