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Oceans and Law of the Sea: Reports of the Secretary-General

Year

Session of the General Assembly

Document symbol Languages
2014 68th session A/68/71/Add.1/Corr.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2013 68th session A/68/71/Add.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2013 68th session A/68/71 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2013 Full texts of contributions from United Nations agencies, programmes and bodies, as well as other intergovernmental organizations to first part of the report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea to the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly
2012 67th session A/67/79/Add.2 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2012 67th session A/67/79/Add.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2012 67th session A/67/79/Corr.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2012 67th session A/67/79 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2012 Full texts of contributions from United Nations agencies, programmes and bodies as well as other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to the Report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea to the 67th session of the General Assembly
2011 66th session A/66/70/Add.2 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2011 66th session A/66/70/Add.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2011 66th session A/66/70 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2010 65th session A/65/69/Add.2 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2010 65th session A/65/69/Add.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2010 65th session A/65/69 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2009 64th session A/64/66/Add.2 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2009 64th session A/64/66/Add.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2009 64th session A/64/66 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2008 63rd session A/63/63/Add.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2008 63rd session A/63/63 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2007 62nd session A/62/66/Add.2 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2007 62nd session A/62/66/Add.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2007 62nd session A/62/66 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2006 61st session   A/61/63/Add.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2006 61st session A/61/63 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2005 60th session A/60/63/Add.2 (oceans and the law of the sea) English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2005 60th session A/60/63/Add.1 (conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity) English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2005 60th session A/60/63 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2004 59th session A/59/62/Add.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2004 59th session A/59/62 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2004 Full texts of contributions from United Nations agencies, programmes and bodies as well as other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to the Report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea to the 59th session of the General Assembly
2003 58th session A/58/65/Add.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2003 58th session A/58/65 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2003 Full texts of contributions from United Nations agencies, programmes and bodies as well as other intergovernmental organizations to the Report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea to the 58th session of the General Assembly
2002 57th session A/57/57/Add.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2002 57th session A/57/57 English Franšais* Espa˝ol*
Arabic* Chinese* Russian*
2001 56th session A/56/58/Add.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic* Chinese* Russian*
2001 56th session A/56/58 (pdf, 1300Kb) English* Franšais* Espa˝ol*
Arabic* Chinese* Russian*
2000 55th session A/55/61 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
1999 54th session A/54/429 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
1998 53rd session A/53/456 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
1997 52nd session A/52/487 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
A/52/487/Corr.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

Law of the Sea: Reports of the Secretary-General *

Year

Session of the General Assembly

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Languages
1996 51st session A/51/645 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
A/51/645/Add. 1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
A/51/645/Add. 2 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
1995 50th session A/50/713 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
A/50/713/Corr.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
1994

49th session

A/49/631 English* Franšais* Espa˝ol*
Arabic* Chinese* Russian*
A/49/631/Corr.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

Special reports

Year

Session of the General Assembly

Document

Languages
2006 61st session A/61/65 - Report of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2005 60th session A/60/91 - A regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2004 59th session A/59/126 - A regular process for the global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects: Global Marine Assessment International Workshop English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2004 59th session A/59/63 - Oceans and the law of the sea: Consultative Group on Flag State Implementation English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2005 59th session A/59/63/Corr.1 - Oceans and the law of the sea: Consultative Group on Flag State Implementation - Corrigendum English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2003 58th session A/58/423 - Oceans and the law of the sea: A regular process for the global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment: proposals on modalities English Franšais Espa˝ol

Arabic

Chinese Russian
1997 52nd session A/52/491 - Impact of the entry into force of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea on related existing and proposed instruments and programmes English Franšais Espa˝ol

Arabic

Chinese Russian
1992 47th session A/47/512 - Law of the Sea: Progress made in the implementation of the comprehensive legal regime embodied in the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (Report of the Secretary-General) English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
1991 46th session A/46/722 - Law of the Sea: Realization of benefits under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: Measures undertaken in response to needs of States in regard to development and management of ocean resources, and approaches for further action (Report of the Secretary-General) English* Franšais* Espa˝ol*
Arabic* Chinese* Russian*
1990 45th session A/45/712 - Law of the Sea: Realization of benefits under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: Needs of States in regard to development and management of ocean resources (Report of the Secretary-General) English* Franšais* Espa˝ol*
Arabic Chinese* Russian*
1990 45th session A/45/563 - Law of the Sea: Marine scientific research (Report of the Secretary-General) English* Franšais* Espa˝ol*
Arabic Chinese* Russian*
1989 44th session A/44/461 - Law of the Sea: Protection and preservation of the marine environment (Report of the Secretary-General)  English* Franšais* Espa˝ol*
Arabic* Chinese* Russian*
Corrigendum A/44/461/Corr.1. English Franšais* Espa˝ol

 

 

Reports on fisheries issues *

Actions taken by States and regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements in response to paragraphs 80 and 83 to 87 of General Assembly resolution 61/105 and paragraphs 113 to 117 and 119 to 127 of General Assembly resolution 64/72 on sustainable fisheries, addressing the impacts of bottom fishing on vulnerable marine ecosystems and the long-term sustainability of deep-sea fish stocks

2011 66th session A/66/307 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

Actions taken by States and regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements to give effect to paragraphs 83 to 90 of General Assembly resolution 61/105 on sustainable fisheries, including through the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, and related instruments

2009 64th session A/64/305 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

Full texts of contributions from States to the report of the Secretary-General on actions taken by States and regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements to give effect to paragraphs 83 to 90 of General Assembly resolution 61/105 of 8 December 2006 on Sustainable fisheries, including through the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, and related instruments

The Impacts of Fishing on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems: Actions taken by States and regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements to give effect to paragraphs 66 to 69 of General Assembly resolution 59/25 on sustainable fisheries, regarding the impacts of fishing on vulnerable marine ecosystems

2006 61st session A/61/154 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

Sustainable fisheries, including through the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, and related instruments

Year

Session of the General Assembly

Document symbol

Languages
2012 67th session A/67/315 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2012 Full texts of contributions from Member States and entities, United Nations agencies, programmes and bodies, as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to the report of the Secretary-General on sustainable fisheries, including through the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, and related instruments
2008 63rd session A/63/128 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2007 62nd session A/62/260 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2005 60th session A/60/189 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
2004 59th session A/59/298 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

The status and implementation of the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (the Fish Stocks Agreement) and its impact on related or proposed instruments throughout the United Nations system, with special reference to implementation of Part VII of the Fish Stocks Agreement, dealing with the requirements of developing States

Year

Session of the General Assembly

Document symbol

Languages
2003 58th session A/58/215 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

Large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing, unauthorized fishing in zones of national jurisdiction and on the high seas, fisheries by-catch and discards, and other developments

Year

Session of the General Assembly

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Languages
2002 57th session A/57/459 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

2000

55th session A/55/386 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
1998 53rd session A/53/473 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
1997 52nd session A/52/557 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
1996 51st session A/51/404 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
Driftnet fishing
Year

Session of the General Assembly

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Languages
1995 50th session A/50/553 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
1994 49th session A/49/469 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
Unauthorized fishing in zones under national jurisdiction
Year

Session of the General Assembly

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Languages
1995 50th session A/50/549 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian
Impact of fisheries by-catch and discards
Year

Session of the General Assembly

Document symbol

Languages
1995 50th session A/50/552 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

Oceans and Law of the Sea: Agreement for the implementation of the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks

Year

Session of the General Assembly

Document symbol

Languages
2001 56th session A/56/357 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

1999

54th session A/54/461 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

1997

52nd session A/52/555 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

1996

51st session A/51/383 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

1995

50th session A/50/550 Environment and sustainable development: sustainable use and conservation of the marine living resources of the high seas: United Nations Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (Report of the Secretary-General) English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

1994

49th session A/49/522 - Environment and sustainable development: sustainable use and conservation of the marine living resources of the high seas: United Nations Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (Report of the Secretary-General) (pdf, 2000Kb) English* Franšais* Espa˝ol*
Arabic* Chinese* Russian*

1993

48th session A/48/479 - Implementation of the decisions and recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development: sustainable use and conservation of the marine living resources of the high seas: United Nations Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (Report of the Secretary-General) (pdf, 2000Kb) English* Franšais* Espa˝ol*
Arabic* Chinese* Russian*
Corrigendum A/48/479/Corr.1 English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

Report on consultations on outstanding issues relating to deep seabed mining

Year

Session of the General Assembly

Document symbol

Languages
1994 48th session A/48/950 - Law of the Sea: Consultations of the Secretary-General on outstanding issues relating to the deep seabed mining provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Report of the Secretary-General) English Franšais Espa˝ol
Arabic Chinese Russian

About the reports

  The annual reports of the Secretary-General on the law of the sea have provided the General Assembly since 1984 with a comprehensive overview of developments relating to the law of the sea. These reports on the law of the sea have been complemented periodically by Special Reports on specific topics of current interest, e.g., marine environment, marine scientific research, needs of States, progress made in the implementation of the comprehensive legal regime embodied in the Convention, etc.

In his current annual reports on oceans and the law of the sea, under the expanded mandate contained in General Assembly resolution 51/34 of 9 December 1996, the Secretary-General provides a comprehensive overview of all developments pertaining to oceans and the law of the sea, in particular the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, including activities of the institutions established by the Convention. The reports also serve as reports on the work of the Organization, and of the United Nations system as a whole, in the field of ocean affairs.

 The General Assembly first explicitly confirmed its role as the global forum competent to review overall developments relating to the law of the sea in resolution A/RES/49/28 adopted in December 1994, following the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

    In addition to general information concerning the conservation and management of living marine resources contained it these annual reports, the Secretary-General prepares separate reports on particular issues relating to fisheries.

Since 1990, the Secretary-General has been reporting on "Large-scale pelagic driftnet fishing and its impact on the living marine resources of the world's oceans and seas".

Until 1994, reports on fisheries issues  were considered by the Second Committee of the General-Assembly under the agenda item "Environment and sustainable development". As from 1995, those reports have been considered directly by the General Assembly under the agenda item "Oceans and the law of the sea".

The first report on "Fisheries by-catch and discards and their impact on the sustainable use of the world's living marine resources"  was transmitted by the Secretary-General to the General Assembly in 1995. That report had been prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. In addition, the Secretary-General provided his first report on the question of "Unauthorized fishing in zones of national jurisdiction and its impact on the living marine resources of the world's oceans and seas".

In 1996, the Secretary-General began issuing a consolidated report on the issues of large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing; unauthorized fishing in zones of national jurisdiction; and fisheries by-catch and discards. Prior to 1996, fisheries issues were addressed in separate reports.

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