[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 134 (Thursday, July 14, 2022)]
[Page 42258]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-15033]



[Public Notice: 11786]

Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction; Public Meeting

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


SUMMARY: The Department of State will hold an information session 
regarding upcoming United Nations negotiations concerning marine 
biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

DATES: The public meeting will be held via WebEx on July 26, 2022, 
10:00-11:00 a.m.

ADDRESSES: If you would like to participate in this meeting, please 
send your (1) name, (2) organization/affiliation, and (3) email address 
and phone number, to Meaghan Cuddy at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of State will hold a public 
meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, to prepare for the 
fifth session of an Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on the 
conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of 
areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). This public meeting will be 
held by way of WebEx, with a capacity of up to 1000 members of the 
public to participate. To RSVP, participants should contact the meeting 
coordinator, Meaghan Cuddy, by email at [email protected] for log on 
and dial-in information, and to request reasonable accommodation. 
Requests for reasonable accommodation received after July 22, 2022, 
will be considered but might not be possible to fulfill.
    The United Nations will convene the fifth session of the BBNJ IGC 
from August 15-26, 2022, in New York City. The UN General Assembly 
established the IGC to consider the recommendations of a two-year 
Preparatory Committee and to elaborate the text of an international 
legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the 
Law of Sea on BBNJ. This is the fifth and possibly final Session of the 
Intergovernmental Conference. It is anticipated that the BBNJ Agreement 
may be adopted at the conclusion of negotiations in this session. 
Additional information on the BBNJ process is available at www.un.org/bbnj.
    We are inviting interested stakeholders to this virtual public 
meeting to share views about the BBNJ IGC, in particular to provide 
information to assist the U.S. Government in developing its positions. 
We will provide a brief overview of the upcoming discussions and listen 
to the viewpoints of U.S. stakeholders. The information obtained from 
this session will help the U.S. delegation prepare for participation in 
the fifth IGC session.

(Authority: 22 U.S.C. 2656)

John Griffith,
Acting Director, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, Department of 
[FR Doc. 2022-15033 Filed 7-13-22; 8:45 am]