Objectives of capacity-building and transfer of marine technology

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From the report of the BBNJ Preparatory Committee, 31/07/17 :

The text would address the objectives of capacity-building and the transfer of marine technology, in supporting the achievement of conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction by developing and strengthening the capacity of States which may need and request it, particularly developing States, in accordance with article 266, paragraph 2 of the Convention, to assist them to fulfil their rights and obligations under the instrument.

The text should recognize the special requirements under the instrument of developing countries, in particular the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, geographically disadvantaged States and small island developing States, as well as coastal African States.

From the President's aid to discussions, 25/06/18:

(a) The manner in which the objectives of capacity-building and the transfer of marine technology would be included in the instrument.

(b) How would the instrument reflect the recognition of the special requirements of developing countries, in particular the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, geographically disadvantaged States and small island developing States, as well as coastal African States?

(c) How would the instrument address and reflect the need to develop and strengthen the capacity of States, in particular developing States, that need and request it, in accordance with article 266 (2) of the Convention?


Suggestion 1: General obligations on capacity building[edit | edit source]

Obligation for all Contracting Parties to cooperate directly and through international and regional institutions and organizations in capacity-building, capacity development, and training in key areas related to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in ABNJ.

References: UNCLOS Art 268 (basic objectives), UNCLOS Art 202 (scientific and technical assistance), UNCLOS Art 203 (developing States)

Suggestion 2: Key areas for capacity building[edit | edit source]

The key areas should be listed in the agreement or subsequently developed by the decision-making body. They could include:

  • Capacity to implement and comply with the agreement
  • Capacity to develop, implement and enforce domestic legislation, administrative or policy measures for implementation of the agreement
  • Capacity to develop marine scientific research capabilities

References: UNFSA Art 25 (forms of cooperation), Nagoya Protocol Art 22 (list of key areas), UNFCCC Art 9 (subsidiary body for capacity building), Cartagena Protocol, Art 22.2 (capacity building)

Suggestion 3: Developing countries and LDC and SIDS[edit | edit source]

The needs of developing country Parties and in particular LDC and small islands developing States should be fully taken into account.

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Suggestion 4: Private sector[edit | edit source]

Mechanisms for involving the private sector should be developed.

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