Fourth Meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative

Mon, 02 Jun 2003 11:45:10 +0300

Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

UN Headquarters, New York | 2 - 6 June 2003

The fourth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative

Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process) opens today

at UN headquarters in New York and will continue until 6 June 2003. Delegates

will convene in plenary sessions on Monday and Friday (2 and 6 June) to

exchange views on areas of concern and actions needed, particularly in matters of

cooperation and coordination on oceans issues, and identify issues for further

consideration by the General Assembly. The Meeting is also expected to agree

upon a draft text on elements to be suggested to the General Assembly for its

consideration under its agenda item entitled “Oceans and the law of the sea.” In

addition, two discussions panels will be held from Tuesday to Thursday (3-5 June)

to consider safety of navigation, including capacity building for the production of

nautical charts, and the protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems.