UN OPEN-ENDED INFORMAL CONSULTATIVE PROCESS ON OCEANS AND THE LAW OF THE SEA


The fourth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on
Oceans and the Law of the Sea was held from 2-6 June 2003 at UNHQ headqarters in New York. The meeting brought together over 200 delegates from governments, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations to exchange views on areas of concern and actions needed, particularly in matters of cooperation and coordination on oceans issues. Two discussion panels were held to consider safety of navigation, including capacity building for the production of nautical charts, and the
protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems. Delegates agreed on a draft text on
elements to be suggested to the GeneralAssembly for its consideration under its agenda itementitled “Oceans and theLaw of the Sea,”which include proposals on safety of navigation, theprotection ofvulnerable marineecosystems, and cooperation and coordination on oceanissues. 

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin report outlining these discussions in detail
is available at:

http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/oceans/icp4/