[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 61 (Friday, March 29, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19353-19354]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-07398]


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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 8262]


Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction; Notice of Public 
Meeting

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Department of State will hold an information session 
regarding issues related to marine biodiversity in areas beyond 
national jurisdiction.

DATES: The public meeting will be held on April 23, 2013, 10:30am-
12:00pm in Main State, Room 1105, Washington, DC. For the agenda, see 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Harry S. Truman Main State 
Building, Room 1105, 2201 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20520.
    For Further Information & To Participate In The Meeting, Contact: 
If you would like to participate in this meeting, please send your (1) 
name, (2) organization/affiliation, and (3) email address and phone 
number, as well as any requests for reasonable accommodation, to BBNJ-Information-Session@state.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In May 2013, the United States will 
participate in two workshops of the United Nations General Assembly 
Working Group on conservation and sustainable use of marine biological 
diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction. The first workshop 
will focus on marine genetic resources; the second will focus on 
conservation and management tools. These workshops are intended to 
inform the discussion of delegates at the August meeting of the Working 
Group, in which the United States will also participate. Additional 
information on the Working Group can be found at this United Nations 
Web site: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/biodiversityworkinggroup/biodiversityworkinggroup.htm
    We would like to invite interested stakeholders to share comments,

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concerns, and questions about these issues. We, in turn, will provide 
an overview of past discussions in the Working Group and our approach 
to the May workshops.
    The information obtained from this session and any subsequent 
related meetings will be used to help us prepare for U.S. participation 
in international meetings and negotiations on marine biodiversity 
beyond national jurisdiction, such as the meeting of the UN BBNJ 
working group August 19-23, 2013.

Reasonable Accommodation

    This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other reasonable 
accommodation should be directed to (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Requests received 
after that date will be considered, but might not be possible to 
fulfill.
    Personal data for entry into the Harry S. Truman building are 
requested pursuant to Pub.L.99-399 (Omnibus Diplomatic Security and 
Antiterrorism Act of 1986), as amended; Public Law107-56 (USA PATRIOT 
Act); and Executive Order 13356. The purpose of the collection is to 
validate the identity of individuals who enter Department facilities. 
The data will be entered into the Visitor Access Control System (VACS-
D) database. Please see the Security Records System of Records Notice 
(State-36) at http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/103419.pdf 
for additional information.

    Dated: March 22, 2013.
Evan Bloom,
Office Director, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, Department of 
State.
[FR Doc. 2013-07398 Filed 3-28-13; 8:45 am]
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