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.