Oceans and Law of the Sea

Oceans and Law of the Sea

27 August 2020
SEA/2126

The in-person plenary meeting of the thirtieth Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea was held, under strict COVID-19 preventive and risk-mitigation measures, at Headquarters from 24 to 26 August.

21 August 2020
SEA/2125

In light of the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, States parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea decided to postpone the thirtieth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention, which was originally scheduled to be held at United Nations Headquarters from 15 to 19 June 2020 pursuant to paragraph 56 of General Assembly resolution 74/19 of 10 December 2019, to a period from 24 to 28 August 2020, subject to the availability of a conference room and conference services.

10 July 2020

Wildlife crime threatens both biodiversity and human health, according to a new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report.  It finds that many illegally trafficked animals may spread diseases to people, and the pangolin — a possible source of COVID-19 — remains the most trafficked mammal in the world.

23 June 2020
SG/SM/20137

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of the Seafarer, observed on 25 June:

12 June 2020
SG/SM/20121

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

8 June 2020
SG/SM/20111

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks on World Oceans Day, in New York today:

8 June 2020

The United Nations humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, has released $40 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to address health emergencies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including a new Ebola outbreak in the city of Mbandaka, in north-western Équateur province.

3 June 2020
SG/SM/20106

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Oceans Day, observed on 8 June:

20 March 2020
SEA/2124

The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf held its fifty-second session at United Nations Headquarters from 27 January to 13 March.

11 March 2020
GA/12243

The General Assembly today decided to postpone the fourth session of the intergovernmental conference to draft a new global instrument on biodiversity in ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction, citing concerns over the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

8 February 2020
SG/SM/19965

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres' remarks at the “Blue Economy” event in Addis Ababa today:

 

5 February 2020
SEA/2123

The preparation meeting for the 2020 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 concluded today, with delegates outlining their views on the potential content of the political declaration amid calls that it reflect the historical urgency to improve the state of the world’s waterways.

4 February 2020
SEA/2122

The world must galvanize collective action to protect and preserve the planet’s major water bodies, experts said today at the opening of a two-day preparatory meeting on the 2020 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

22 January 2020
SEA/2121

The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will hold its fifty-second session from 27 January to 13 March.

10 December 2019
GA/12224

The General Assembly today adopted two resolutions on the oceans and seas linked to implementation of the landmark 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, with speakers asserting during their annual debate that threats to the world’s marine ecosystem require firm political commitment and action.

2 December 2019
SEA/2120

NEW YORK, 2 December (Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea) — The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf held its fifty‑first session at United Nations Headquarters from 14 October to 29 November 2019.  There were no plenary parts during the session and its seven weeks were devoted entirely to the technical examination of submissions at the geographic information systems laboratories and other technical facilities of the Division.

9 October 2019
SEA/2119

The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will hold its fifty-first session from 14 October to 29 November.

30 August 2019
SEA/2118

Delegates elaborating the terms of a new treaty under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea pledged to continue negotiating in the spirit of cooperation and good faith, as the Intergovernmental Conference tasked with drafting a legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity concluded its third session today.

29 August 2019
SEA/2117

Experts drafting a new global instrument on biodiversity in ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction today deliberated which stakeholders — ranging from adjacent coastal States to indigenous peoples to the general public — should be consulted about planned activities under the treaty, as well as their potential role in environmental impact assessments.

28 August 2019
SEA/2116

Experts working to draft a new treaty on biodiversity in areas of the ocean beyond national jurisdiction today weighed provisions aimed at prohibiting States from claiming sovereignty over marine genetic resources in those areas, with speakers diverging on the question of whether their use is the “common heritage of mankind”.