Announcing Draft of Second Policy Brief on Capacity Development for Implementing the BBNJ Agreement and UN Side Event at the forthcoming BBNJ Intergovernmental Conference

To contribute to the forthcoming BBNJ negotiations, a Draft of the Policy Brief on Capacity Development for Implementing the BBNJ Agreement:  Possible Modalities for Addressing Area-Based Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Marine Genetic Resources in the Context of Climate Change has been prepared  within the framework of the GEF/FAO/GOF Common Oceans Project on Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ).

The Draft Policy Brief will be launched at a United Nations Side Event to be held on 26 March 2019 (13:15 to 14:30, Conference Room A, UNHQ, New York) on BBNJ Capacity Development in the Context of Climate Change:  Possible Modalities for Implementing BBNJ Capacity Development Regarding Area-based Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Marine Genetic Resources, co-organized by the International Coastal and Ocean Organization (Secretariat of the Global Ocean Forum (GOF)), the Permanent Mission of Monaco to the United Nations, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, ATLAS, and the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan. See the Side Event agenda here.

The Side Event builds on a multi-institutional Policy Brief on BBNJ Capacity Development presented at the First BBNJ session (, this Side Event addresses possible modalities for capacity development on the other three major emphases of the BBNJ Agreement—area-based management (ABMTs), environmental impact assessment (EIAs), and marine genetic resources (MGRs), taking into consideration the possible impacts of climate change.  The ultimate purpose of the Side Event is to be of assistance to States in the BBNJ process in crafting an effective and well supported system of BBNJ capacity development and technology transfer—with beneficial linkages to EEZ management—bringing together global, regional, and national levels of governance. Please find the Side Event PowerPoints here.

Please find a summary of the Side Event here.

For further information about the Policy Brief, the UN Side Event, and related capacity development efforts, please contact Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum (

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