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Abidjan - From 3 to 8 September 2018 in New York, the STRONG High Seas project, together with Germany, the Abidjan Convention Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific, hosted a capacity building workshop to support State delegates to the negotiations on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

The workshop provided the opportunity to bring together ministry representatives and UN negotiators from the Southeast Pacific and Southeast Atlantic regions to (i) prepare for the BBNJ negotiations in terms of what they would entail and what could be expected; (ii) contribute to a better understanding of the BBNJ negotiations in terms of the opportunities and challenges of the negotiations of an international instrument on BBNJ for the Southeast Pacific and Southeast Atlantic regions; (ii) highlight the importance, opportunities and challenges of regional ocean governance approaches for the implementation of a future BBNJ agreement under UNCLOS; (iii) provide a networking opportunity for participants from different regions and countries and ensure mutual learning.

On 8 September, took place a high-level expert meeting alongside the first meeting working towards a new high seas treaty.  Sixty-five participants gathered in an informal setting to discuss the role and contribution of regional and sectoral ocean governance in developing and underpinning the implementation of a strong high seas agreement.

The first of three substantive sessions of the meeting was moderated by Julien Rochette from “Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales’’ (IDDRI) and focused on regional efforts to strengthen management of ABNJ, discussing a wide range of experiences – Mariana Blanco (MarViva Foundation) spoke of the Costa Rica Thermal Dome from, Richard Cronin (OSPAR Commission) covered the OSPAR area, whereas Abou Bamba (Abidjan Convention Secretariat) highlighted the Abidjan Convention States and Ruth Fletcher (UNEP-WCMC) gave a review of various area-based planning tools.

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Vanessa Ahouadjiro