Sat. Jan 18th, 2020

Palau joins negotiations on UNCLOS BBNJ instrument

The third Intergovernmental Council (IGC) of the United Nations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the sea (UNCLOS) that was recently held in New York had their third session regarding the oversee of the first drafted treaty text that will help them through legal agreements to create a legally binding instrument for the United Nations Convention on Law of  Sea.

The third IGC conference that was held was the first treaty text base negotiation in which all delegations had a chance to review the drafted text by the IGC President Rena Lee (Singapore).

The drafted treaty contains the Biodiversity beyond Our National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) package with elements of marine genetic resources includes questions on benefit-sharing; area based management tools, including marine protected areas; environmental impact assessments and capacity building of marine and technology transfer.

Palau’s representative at the third IGC conference is Senior Committee advisor and Legal researcher Landi Kotaro who was present at the draft text meeting, and she had been following the works of the BBNJ negotiations and had the opportunity to be there to implement agreements and safety procedures about our marine sanctuary within our jurisdiction so that it is not harmfully affected by the activities beyond our jurisdiction. Palau is well known for Ocean conservation and Marine sanctuary, so stating our conditions is very important to our home and our ocean

The intergovernmental conference was assigned under the UN resolution 72/249 , the General Assembly made an IGC under the recommendations of the Preparatory Committee to create a drafted text on the Law of Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.