JAMAICA, Kingston (10 April 2017)- – UN-Oceans is holding its 16th meeting at the International Seabed Authority headquarters in Kingston from 10-11 April 2017.

The meeting was opened by Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division on Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (and UN-Ocean Focal Point) and Secretary-General Michael Lodge of the Authority.

The two-day meeting is gearing up preparations for the upcoming UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea ( ICP-18 ) meeting in May 2017 and the UN Oceans Conference in June 2017 in New York.  The meeting will discuss among various issues, questions related to the  Ocean Conference and  its statement at the ICP-18 meeting.

The meeting will also continue discussions on the progress in identifying possible areas for collaboration and synergy, including identification of areas of inter-agency cooperation as well as other substantive aspects relating to the achievement of the UN-Oceans’ mandate.

UN-Oceans is an inter-agency mechanism that seeks to enhance the coordination, coherence and effectiveness of competent organizations of the United Nations system and the International Seabed Authority, within existing resources, in conformity with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the respective competences of each of its participating organizations and the mandates and priorities approved by their respective governing bodies.


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