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F. Promotion of justice and international law

Oceans and the law of the sea

At its forty-ninth session, in 1994, the General Assembly decided to undertake an annual review and evaluation of the implementation of the Convention on the Law of the Sea and other relevant developments; and requested the Secretary-General to report annually to the Assembly as from its fiftieth session (resolution 49/28).

At its fifty-fourth session, the General Assembly decided to establish an open-ended informal consultative process in order to facilitate the annual review by the General Assembly of developments in ocean affairs (resolution 54/33).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly decided to establish an 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 (resolution 59/24). At its sixty-first session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to convene a meeting of the Working Group in 2008 (resolution 61/222).

At its sixty-second session, the General Assembly called upon States to harmonize their national legislation with the provisions of the Convention; requested the Secretary-General, in cooperation with States and relevant international organizations and institutions, to continue making training courses available on the delineation of the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles and on the preparation of submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf; endorsed the request by the Meeting of States Parties to the Convention to the Secretary-General to take timely measures, before the twenty-first session of the Commission, to strengthen the capacity of the Division in order to ensure enhanced support and assistance to the Commission and its subcommissions; requested the Secretary-General to convene a special Meeting of States Parties to the Convention in New York on 30 January 2008 to fill a vacancy following the resignation of one of the members of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and to convene the eighteenth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention in New York from 13 to 20 June 2008, and the ninth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea in New York from 23 to 27 June 2008, and also requested the Secretary-General to prepare a comprehensive report for the sixty-third session of the Assembly on developments and issues relating to ocean affairs and the law of the sea, including the implementation of the resolution (resolution 62/215, sects. I to III, VII, XIV and XVII).

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References for the sixty-second session (agenda item 77 (a))

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Source: A/63/100