Looking towards the resumption of IGC5
In August 2022, the 5th round of State negotiations were held in New York for establishment of the BBNJ Treaty to conserve high seas biodiversity and alter the current trajectory of ocean decline and biodiversity loss. The negotiations were characterised by strong progress but were suspended without conclusion of the Treaty. A resumption of the Treaty negotiations are expected to resume pending approval from the United Nations General Assembly. IUCN will be there to provide delegates with the information and guidance they need to remove bottlenecks and get the Treaty over the line.
The High Seas Biodiversity BBNJ Treaty can build on the vision of the Law of the Sea Convention to protect, conserve and restore marine life and sustainably and equitably use our shared ocean resources, while strengthening the existing governance framework for this vast global commons. IUCN will be there to guide delegates with all the information they need to make informed decisions in favour of biodiversity, to fast-track negotiations and to overcome bottlenecks.
Resources for IGC5 delegates
Please check this site regularly as new resources are frequently being uploaded ahead of the resumption of IGC5
IUCN Position paper for the resumed IGC5 session
IUCN key messages for BBNJ IGC5
IUCN Issues Brief
IGC5 Policy Briefs
Briefings for negotiators
IUCN commentary on the further revised draft text of an agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (A/CONF.232/2022/5)
Additional submissions to DOALOS (submitted during IGC5)
A new dawn for global benefit-sharing: capitalizing on the Global Biodiversity Framework for Marine Genetic Resources from Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
Initial reflections to support rapid, effective and equitable implementation of the BBNJ Agreement
Resources for IGC4 delegates
Whilst more guidelines are in preparation, here is a selection of existing resources were prepared for IGC4 delegates and interested parties: