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The 4th (and final) U.N. meeting begins next week to develop a new legally binding instrument to expand the Law of the Sea to regulate the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

As the governments meet from 10-21 July, the World Ocean Council (WOC) will continue providing the only comprehensive, consistent business community presence in the 2 year preparatory process for the BBNJ Agreement.

To ensure that the private sector is aware of the status of the negotiations and the content of the emerging BBNJ legal agreement, the WOC organized three webinars, each covering one of the three main elements of the negotiations:

Webinar 1 – BBNJ: Area-based Management Tools including Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
Monday, June 26 [completed]

Webinar 2 – BBNJ: Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs)
Wednesday, June 28 [completed]

Webinar 3 – BBNJ: Marine Genetic Resources, including benefit sharing
Tuesday, July 11, 12PM-1PM UTC
Speakers: Paul Holthus, WOC CEO; Stella Bartolini, WOC BBNJ Project Officer; Thomas Vanagt, Managing Director, eCOAST Marine Research

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