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Established as a coordinating mechanism within the framework of A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN), when endorsed by E-XE4062 - United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) (CEB/2003/7), as Oceans and Coastal Areas Network, building on Sub-Committee on Oceans and Coastal Areas of the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC SOCA) (1993-2001). In 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations, in paragraph 279 of resolution 68/70, recognized the work undertaken so far by UN-Oceans, approved the revised terms of reference for the work of UN-Oceans, with a revised mandate, as annexed to the resolution, and decided to review these terms of reference at its 72nd session in light of the work of UN-Oceans.


Enhance coordination, coherence and effectiveness of competent organizations of the United Nations system and the International Seabed Authority, within existing resources, in conformity with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the respective competences of each of its participating organizations and the mandates and priorities approved by their respective governing bodies.


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Focal Point - United Nations Legal Counsel/Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs. Chair, elected for each meeting from among UN-Oceans participants present at the meeting.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 14: Life Below Water



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