December 13, 2017

Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, 15-19 May 2017

18th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea – The Effects of Climate Change on Oceans

The Permanent Representative of Cyprus, H.E. Ambassador Kornelios Korneliou and the Permanent Representative of Peru to the UN, H.E. Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra opened on 15th of May, the 18th meeting of the UN Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea. The meeting will take place from 15-19 May 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York, under the theme “The Effects of Climate Change on Oceans.”

In addition to a general exchange of views from different delegations, experts and NGOS, there will be two panel segments on the effect of climate change on oceans. The first segment will focus on the effects of climate change on oceans, including environmental, social and economic implications. While, seg

ment two will discuss on the Cooperation and coordination in addressing the effects of climate change on oceans: current actions and opportunities for further enhancement.

At the opening meeting, delegates heard remarks from the Co–Chairs Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra and Ambassador Kornelios Korneliou, Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs at the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA);Mr. Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs at the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Mr. Thomas Gass, and representative of the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Ms. Shifaana Thowfeequ. The general exchange of views also included an intervention from the President of the General Assembly, Ambassador Peter Thomson and from the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects, Ms. Juliette Babb-Riley of Barbados and Ambassador Carolyn Schwalger of New Zealand.