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The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

Madam Co-chair, Mr. Co-chair,

I have the honor to speak on behalf of the EU and its Member States.

We first wish to address the issue of the Terms of Reference for BBNJ workshops.

The purpose of the workshops is described in paragraph 167 of UNGA Res. 66/231, referring to paragraph 1, c of the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Working Group annexed to the Resolution, namely

       a) improving the understanding of the issues and

       b) clarifying key questions.

This is a proposal for general ToR’s for all issues that could be covered in these workshops.

One of our goals is to have ToR adopted before the end of this Working Group meeting. It is advised that DOALOS provides background documentation on the issues identified.

Terms of Reference are:

       1.     Identify different regimes, scope and how each regime operates;

       2.     How are the elements identified under §1 suitable for the conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ;

      3.     Number  – a maximum of 2 workshops, during 2012/2013, to be completed well before the next BBNJ Working Group meeting in order to allow sufficient time for States and interested stakeholders to reflect on the outcomes;

        4.     Location  –New York?

        5.     Participation should be inclusive ( stakeholders, particularly scientists, industry and NGO’s);

        6.     Miscellaneous  – chair and secretariat? Finance?

        7.     OUTPUT/OUTCOMES – Chair’s Summary  to be presented to the Ad Hoc Working Group BBNJ for its consideration.

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Madam Co-chair, Mr. Co-chair,

We further wish to present some tentative suggestions for the subject matters and areas of discussion of the workshops.

The workshops should be convened to elaborate on the crucial questions of the international regime for conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction and should identify appropriate outcomes according to a feasible roadmap.

How can a network of marine protected areas beyond national jurisdiction be established?

The Workshop will identify the different regimes, their scope and applicability, addressing the following subjects.  

– What are the different kinds of Marine Protected Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (MPA in ABNJ) and Area Based Management Tools (ABMT) and how can the different kinds of concerns, interests and commonalities involved be identified? 

– What are the criteria for the choice of MPA in ABNJs or ABMTs (importance for the conservation of biological diversity; ecosystems and habitats of endangered species; special interest at the scientific, aesthetic, cultural or educational level, etc)?

– What is the relationship between a network of MPA in ABNJs or ABMTs and the already existing systems of marine protected areas established at a regional level?        

How can a mechanism for conservation and sustainable use of MGR’s in ABNJ  be envisaged?

 The Workshop will identify the different regimes, their scope and applicability, addressing the following subjects.

 – What kind of access regimes are conceivable?  

 – What kind of elements, e.g. monetary and non-monetary benefits could be suitable?

 – What, if any, are the already existing experiences to take into consideration?

Thank you Madam Co-chair, Mr. Co-chair.


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