Objectives

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From the report of the BBNJ Preparatory Committee established by General Assembly resolution 69/292, 31/07/17 :

The text would set out that the objective of the instrument is to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction through effective implementation of the Convention.

It could further set out additional objectives, if agreed, such as furthering international cooperation and coordination, to ensure the achievement of the overall objective of conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.


Suggestion 1: General provision

Building on the relevant provisions of UNCLOS, the objective of this instrument is to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. States shall cooperate on a global basis and, as appropriate, on a regional basis as well as sub-regional basis, directly, or thorough competent international organizations, in formulating and elaborating rules, standards and recommended practices and procedures consistent with the Convention (UNCLOS) and this agreement, for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity and its components and protection and preservation of the marine environment, taking into account characteristic regional features.

References: UNCLOS Art 197, CBD Art 5, UNFSA Art 8, UNFSA, Art 9 (sub-regional/regional arrangements)



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