IISD-ENB: 20th Meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

 

 

On Friday, delegates to the twentieth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-20) completed their work.

 

 

In the morning, delegations were given an opportunity to review the Co-Chairs’ draft summary of the week’s discussions. Plenary then reconvened for a page-by-page review. Delegates discussed the draft and suggested corrections and clarifications to best capture discussions.

 

 

Key points from the summary included:

  • crosscutting role of ocean science in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • unprecedented pressures affecting the ocean, including impacts of climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, biodiversity loss, and land-based activities;
  • impacts of limited human and institutional capacity on the ability of certain States to conduct and benefit from ocean science;
  • benefits of integrating traditional knowledge;
  • role of ocean science in supporting a blue growth/blue economy;
  • need to strengthen the science-policy interface, including through improved communication; and
  • critical importance of international cooperation.

 

 

On opportunities to advance ocean science, highlights included discussions on:

  • developing technology, and improving data availability and operability;
  • supporting capacity-building and transfer of technology;
  • promoting ocean literacy, in particular for women and younger generations; and
  • engaging local communities in citizen science projects.

 

Co-Chair Pennelope Althea Beckles (Trinidad and Tobago) thanked delegates for their participation in discussions over the course of the week and closed ICP-20.

 

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