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Fed Reg Notice: “Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction” Public Info Session on 6/13 (6/7/17)

May 28, 2019

On June 13, 2017, from 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EST, the Department of State will hold an information session related to an upcoming United Nations meeting in July, 2017, concerning marine “Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ).

Any future instrument or agreement on BBNJ may result in broader implications for oceanographic data sampling and monitoring in the high seas (open ocean). Therefore, it is important to disseminate this announcement widely to gather perspectives from multiple sectors.

In July 2017, the United States will participate in a two-week meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Preparatory Committee on BBNJ. During the public information session on June 13th, the State Department will provide a brief overview of topics to be discussed at the upcoming UN meeting and will listen to your comments, concerns, and questions about these issues. The information obtained from this meeting and any subsequent related meetings will be used to help prepare for U.S. participation in the July meeting of the Preparatory Committee.

For more information, please review the Federal Register Notice (FRN):

If you would like to participate in this meeting, please send your (1) name, (2) organization/affiliation, (3) email address, and (4) phone number, as well as any requests for reasonable accommodation, to Elizabeth Kim at or 202–647–4824.

Documents and other information related to the Preparatory Committee can be found on this United Nations Web site:



Rick Murray
Director, Division of Ocean Sciences

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