21 June 2011
This week the DSCC is proposing recommendations to the United Nations, during the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP) meeting. The meeting is a significant opportunity for States to ensure that a strong outcome is sent to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to ensure that agreements on key oceans issues are made. The UNCSD (otherwise known as Rio plus 20) is scheduled to take place in Brazil in 2012 will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and the adoption of Agenda 21 - a comprehensive plan of action for sustainable development to be taken globally, nationally and locally. It also marks the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Recommendations of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition To the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP) Matthew Gianni is speaking at a UN press briefing this morning at 1100, he will be highlighting why 2011 is a critical year for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the deep ocean and detailing what needs to be done to ensure that deep-sea species are protected and vulnerable marine ecosystems are not lost.