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The Law of the SeaProgress and Prospects$
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David Freestone, Richard Barnes, and David Ong

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199299614

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299614.001.0001

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The Role of the United Nations in International Oceans Governance

The Role of the United Nations in International Oceans Governance

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(p.63) 4 The Role of the United Nations in International Oceans Governance
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The Law of the Sea
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Louise de La Fayette

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299614.003.0004

International oceans governance has become an increasingly important topic over the past few years, in response to scientific discoveries and concerns about environmental and resource issues. The subject of oceans governance is extremely broad, potentially involving an analysis of the interaction among a large number of legal and policy instruments, as well as global and regional organisations and other bodies. This chapter discusses the central role of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in coordinating a somewhat dispersed international system of law creation and decision-making. It describes the institutional framework for international oceans governance; the legal and policy framework; the process of discussion and decision-making on oceans issues at the UN, comprising an annual cycle of resolutions, reports, meetings and recommendations; UN Oceans, the new general mechanism for inter-agency cooperation; the major issues for 2003-2006; and the ways in which the UN has contributed, and can contribute to, the development of the law of the sea.

Keywords:   United Nations, oceans governance, decision-making, oceans, inter-agency cooperation, UN Oceans

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