Ms. Maaike Jansen, Inter-Agency Officer, UNEP, briefed the Committee on behalf of its Chair and provided an update on latest developments concerning the Secretary-General’s Ocean Compact, in particular regarding the establishment of the Oceans Compact Advisory Group. She noted that agreement had been reached among the Core Group of UN system organizations and entities on the final Terms of Reference of the Ocean Compact Advisory Group, which had been submitted to the Secretary-General for review and approval. The Executive Heads of UNESCO, UNDP and UNEP had also communicated to the Secretary-General that they had formed an administrative support group to facilitate the appointment and work of the Oceans Compact Advisory Group. As a next step, the Terms of Reference, along with a call for nominations to the Advisory Group, would be sent to Member States. The first meeting of the Advisory Group was expected to be held by April or May 2013. The Chair of HLCP intended to brief Member States on this matter in March.
Following the briefing, the representative of UN-DESA noted that the Department had offered to host the UN Oceans Secretariat and reminded HLCP that the Department also hosted the secretariats of UN-Water and UN-Energy. UN-DESA also wished to contribute to the Report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea and expressed its interest in participating in the work of the Core Group of UN system organizations and entities. WMO also indicated that the agency has been a member of the Core Group.
HLCP welcomed and took note of the briefing on oceans.