Past Programme

September 1-2, 2021

The September dialogues will start at 14:00 CEST / 08:00 EDT / 20:00 SGT. Each dialogue will be 3 hours.

September 1: Principles and Approaches 

  • Session Moderated by Dire Tladi
  • This session will include time set aside to exchange views on process, and the intersessional programme of work.
  • Guiding questions

September 2: Preamble and Scope of Application


29 June – 1 July 2021

June 29th: Environmental Impact Assessments, with a focus on Strategic Environmental Assessments. This dialogue will pick up on discussion outcomes from previous informal intersessional High Seas Treaty Dialogues on EIAs.

June 30th: Marine Genetic Resources, with a specific focus on Pre and Post Cruise Notification.

July 1st: Capacity Building and Transfer of Marine Technology. This dialogue will pick up on discussion outcomes from previous informal intersessional High Seas Treaty Dialogues on CBTMT.


19 & 26 May 2021

May 19th: Financial Resources and Mechanisms.

May 26th: Area-Based Management Tools—including article 4 on the relationship between the agreement and the Convention and relevant legal instruments and frameworks and relevant global, regional, subregional and sectoral bodies other instruments, and article 6 on international cooperation.


28-29 April 2021

April 28th: Implementation and Compliance, Non-Parties, and Settlement of Disputes.

April 29th: Final Provisions, with a focus on Entry into Force, Provisional Application, and Amendment of the Agreement and the Annexes.


29-30 March 2021

March 29th: Institutional Arrangements: building on discussion outcomes from Ambassador Lee’s March intersessional Presidential forum, and Decision-Making: COP and subsidiary bodies mentioned in article 48, Scientific and Technical Body, Secretariat and Clearing-House Mechanism.

March 30th: Continuation of Day 1, plus Scope of Application (article 3(2)) and General Principles and Approaches (article 5).


10-11 February 2021 

Capacity Building (CB) and Transfer of Marine Technology (TMT).


2-3 December 2020

Area-Based Management Tools (ABMTs): Picking up on discussions to date including from the July High Seas Treaty Dialogue on ABMTs and the President’s November Programme of Intersessional Work.


4-5 November 2020

Marine Genetic Resources (MGRs): Picking up on discussions to date including from the June High Seas Treaty Dialogue on MGRs and the President’s October Programme of Intersessional Work on MGRs. This session also addressed Indigenous Knowledge in the context of MGRs.


7-8 October 2020

Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs): Picking up on EIA discussions to date including from the July High Seas Treaty Dialogue on EIAs and the President’s September Programme of Intersessional Work on EIAs, including “Triggering the Conduct of an EIA”, the “Internationalization of the EIA Process” and other EIA related issues.


8-9 July 2020 

Area-Based Management Tools and Environmental Impact Assessments.


10-11 June 2020 

Marine Genetic Resources, Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer.


28-29 April 2020 

BBNJ delegations met for the first preparatory informal online High Seas Treaty Dialogue to exchange ideas and identify preferred choice of treaty provisions to be discussed in the substantive video meetings to be followed in June and July.


3-5 March 2020 – Monaco

Hosted in-person in collaboration with the Prince Albert II Foundation in Monaco, the dialogue focused on Area-Based Management Tools, such as Marine Protected Areas, and Environmental Impact Assessments. The high-level segment in Monaco was facilitated by the 68th U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, currently serving as the first United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.


20-21 January 2020 – Oslo

Hosted in-person in collaboration with the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, the 2-day dialogue focussed on Marine Genetic Resources.