United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

Updated on 04 April 2014

In 1999, the General Assembly decided to establish the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (the Consultative Process) in order to facilitate the annual review by the General Assembly, in an effective and constructive manner, of developments in ocean affairs and the law of the sea by considering the report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea and by suggesting particular issues to be considered by it, with an emphasis on identifying areas where coordination and cooperation at the intergovernmental and inter-agency levels should be enhanced (resolution 54/33).

Fifteenth meeting: "The role of seafood in global food security"
27 to 30 May 2014
(United Nations Headquarters)

NEW: The preparatory meeting for the 15th meeting of the Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will be held on Friday, 21 March 2014 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm in Conference Room 6, North Lawn Building.

NEW: Information for participants at the fifteenth meeting

NEW: Advanced and unedited reporting material on the topic of focus of the fifteenth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, entitled: ôThe role of seafood in global food securityö

NEW: Advanced and unedited format and annotated provisional agenda for the fifteenth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

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Reports on the work of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process

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Year

Meeting

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2013

Fourteenth meeting

A/68/159

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2012

Thirteenth meeting

A/67/120

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Thirteenth Meeting: Presentations in the Discussion Panel

Discussion Panel on Marine Renewable Energies

2011

Twelfth meeting

A/66/186

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Twelfth Meeting: Presentations in the Discussion Panel

Discussion Panel ôContributing to the assessment, in the context of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, of progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challengesö

2010

Eleventh meeting

A/65/164

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2009

Tenth meeting

A/64/131

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Tenth Meeting: Presentations in the Discussion Panel

Discussion Panel ôImplementation of the outcomes of the Consultative Process, including a review of its achievements and shortcomings in its first nine meetingsö

2008

Ninth meeting

A/63/174/Corr.1

English

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2008

Ninth meeting

A/63/174

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Ninth Meeting: Presentations in the Discussion Panel

Discussion Panel on Maritime security and safety

Submissions by relevant intergovernmental organizations, the specialized agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations

Submissions

2007

Eighth meeting

A/62/169

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Eighth Meeting: Presentations in the Discussion Panel

Discussion Panel on Marine Genetic Resources

2006

Seventh meeting

A/61/156

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Seventh Meeting: Presentations in the Discussion Panel

Discussion Panel on Ecosystem approaches and oceans

2005

Sixth meeting

A/60/99

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Sixth Meeting: Presentations in Discussion Panels A and B

Discussion Panel A on Fisheries and their contribution to sustainable development

Discussion Panel B on Marine Debris

2004

Fifth meeting

 A/59/122

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Fifth Meeting: Presentations in the Discussion Panel

Discussion Panel
New Sustainable Uses of the Oceans, including the Conservation and Management of the Biological Diversity of the Seabed in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction

2003

Fourth meeting

A/58/95

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Fourth Meeting: Presentations in Discussion Panels A and B (in the language of delivery).

Discussion Panel A on Safety of Navigation; for example, Capacity-building for the Production of Nautical Charts

Discussion Panel B on Protecting Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems

2002

Third meeting

A/57/80

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Third Meeting: Report on the work of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process at its third meeting has been issued as document A/57/80 (above). Additional information is available in English only.

Summary of Discussion Panels A and B (in English) for the areas of focus: (a) the protection and preservation of the marine environment, and (b) capacity-building, regional cooperation and coordination and integrated ocean management

Complete text of the statements (in English) made by the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, the Legal Counsel, and the Director of the Division for  Sustainable Development, representing the Department of Economic and Social Affairs

2001

Second meeting

A/56/121

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2000

First meeting

A/55/274

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Other documents of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process

Year

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2011

A/AC.259/21 - Contribution to the twelfth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea - Submitted by the Pacific small island developing States

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2011

A/AC.259/20 - Contribution to the twelfth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea - Submitted by the European Union

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2009

A/AC.259/19 - Taking stock: tenth year review of the achievements and shortcomings of the Informal Consultative Process - Submitted by the Group of 77 and China

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2009

A/AC.259/18 - Contribution to the tenth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea - Submitted by the delegation of Nigeria

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2008

A/AC.259/17The treatment of persons rescued at sea: conclusions and recommendations from recent meetings and expert round tables convened by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees  - Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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2006

A/AC.259/16
Note verbale dated 19 May 2006 from the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations addressed to the Secretariat, containing the Report of the Scientific Expertsĺ Workshop on Criteria for Identifying Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas beyond National Jurisdiction Ś 6-8 December 2006, Ottawa, Canada

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2005

A/AC.259/15
Note verbale dated 27 May 2005 from the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations addressed to the Secretariat, containing its inputs on the two areas of focus: (a) fisheries and their contribution to sustainable development; and (b) marine debris (see annex)

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2005

A/AC.259/14
The United Nations Environment Programme and the marine litter challenge
A short overview of activities of the United Nations Environment Programme related to addressing the problem of marine litter
Submitted by the United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Seas Programme*

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2005

A/AC.259/13
Note verbale dated 18 April 2005 from the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General, conveying to the Secretary-General the document entitled ôThe bottom line: an investigation of the economic, cultural and social costs of industrial longline fishing in the Pacific and the benefits of sustainable use of marine protected areasö

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2004

A/AC.259/12
Letter dated 24 May 2004 from the Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations addressed to the
Secretary-General - Workshop on the Governance of High Seas Biodiversity Conservation, Cairns, Australia, 16-19 June 2003 (Summary of Discussions and Suggestions for a Way Forward)

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2004

A/AC.259/11
Strengthening of flag State implementation (Submitted by the Secretariat of the International Maritime Organization (IMO))

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2003

A/AC.259/10
Protection and conservation of vulnerable marine ecosystems in areas beyond national jurisdiction (Submitted by the delegation of Norway)

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2003

A/AC.259/9
The safety of navigation; for example, capacity-building for the production of nautical charts (Submitted by the delegation of Norway)

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2003

A/AC.259/8
The Need to Protect and Conserve Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (Submitted by the delegation of the Netherlands)

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2003

A/AC.259/7
Marine environment, marine resources and sustainable use: implementing the ecosystem approach (Submitted by the delegation of Norway)

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2002

A/AC.259/6
Proposal by Norway on Global Resource Information
Database (GRID)

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2001

A/AC.259/4
Marine science and the development and transfer of marine technology, including capacity-building (Submitted by the delegation of Norway

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2000

A/AC.259/3
Note by the Secretariat on the Report of the first meeting

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2000

A/AC.259/2
List of suggested items which may provide substantial input to the Consultative Process (Submitted by the delegation of Norway)

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2000

A/AC.259/1
Responsible Fisheries and Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fisheries: Moving from Principles to Implementation. Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (Submission by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

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Formats and Annotated Provisional Agendas of the Meetings

2011

A/AC.259/L.12
Format and Annotated Provisional Agenda of the twelfth Meeting of the Consultative Process

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2010

A/AC.259/L.11
Format and Annotated Provisional Agenda of the eleventh Meeting of the Consultative Process

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2009

A/AC.259/L.10
Format and Annotated Provisional Agenda of the tenth Meeting of the Consultative Process

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2008

A/AC.259/L.9
Format and Annotated Provisional Agenda of the ninth Meeting of the Consultative Process

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2007

A/AC.259/L.8
Format and Annotated Provisional Agenda of the eighth Meeting of the Consultative Process

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2006

A/AC.259/L.7
Format and Annotated Provisional Agenda of the seventh Meeting of the Consultative Process

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2005

A/AC.259/L.6
Format and Annotated Provisional Agenda of the sixth Meeting of the Consultative Process

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2004

A/AC.259/L.5
Format and Annotated Provisional Agenda of the fifth Meeting of the Consultative Process

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2003

A/AC.259/L.4
Draft Format and Annotated Provisional Agenda of the fourth Meeting of the Consultative Process

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2002

A/AC.259/L.3
Draft Format and Annotated Provisional Agenda of the third Meeting of the Consultative Process

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2001

A/AC.259/5
Format and annotated agenda (Second meeting)

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2001

A/AC.259/L.2
Draft Format and Annotated Provisional Agenda of the second Meeting of the Consultative Process

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2000

A/AC.259/L.1
Draft Format and Annotated Provisional Agenda of the first Meeting of the Consultative Process

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Other related documents

1999

Resolution 54/33, adopted by the General Assembly. Results of the review by the Commission on Sustainable Development of the sectoral theme of "Oceans and seas": international coordination and cooperation

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1999

CSD decision 7/1 of 1999
Commission on Sustainable Development decision 7/1, "Oceans and seas"

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1992

A/CONF.151/26 (Vol. II), Agenda 21, Chapter 17:
Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development: Protection of the oceans, all kinds of seas, including enclosed and semi-enclosed seas, and coastal areas and the protection, rational use and development of their living resources

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Other material

 

 

 

 

 

2000

SEA/1681 - 26 May 2000

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2000

Press Conference on Ocean Affairs - 30 May 2000

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USA

 

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