Regional Seas Programmes and Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
【Abstract】1. The second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in May 2016 made a resolution on Oceans and Seas (resolution 2/10). In the resolution, UNEA encourages the United Nations Environment Programme to continue to participate in the process initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 69/292 on the negotiations on the development of an international legally binding instrument under UNCLOS on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (Operational Paragraph 9). 2. In response to the paragraph 9, UNEP submitted an information paper to the Preparatory Committee for the development of an international legally binding instrument, as established by the General Assembly resolution 69/292. The paper is annexed to the present document. The paper also envisages the UNEP contribution to the Preparatory Committee process. 3. The same UNEA resolution encourages the contracting parties to existing regional seas conventions to consider the possibility of increasing the regional coverage of those instruments in accordance with international law (Operational Paragraph 13).