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RE: Concern over Canada’s engagement at the International Seabed Authority

10 May 2024

The second is to formally request Canada's commitment to several key actions at the upcoming International Seabed Authority (ISA) meeting in July 2024, which will be a critical meeting to determine the future of biodiversity protection in the Area. [...] Concern regarding Canada’s engagement at recent ISA Council meeting: As civil society and Indigenous organizations who work to steward and protect the environment sustainably, we are disappointed by the lack of Canada’s voice on many critical issues at the March 2024 ISA meeting. [...] Canada said nothing in support of the Indigenous Pacific groups who traveled halfway around the world to discuss their connection to the Pacific and their concern for its future. [...] Specifically, we are urging Canada to prioritize the following as part of its delegation instructions at the July ISA meeting: ● Canada supports the General Policy for the Protection and Preservation of the Marine Environment agenda item on the floor of the ISA and further supports its future elaboration (sponsored by Chile, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Palau, Vanuatu, Switzerland, Ireland, and Br. [...] ● Expresses verbal and consistent support for stakeholder participation, transparency, and the upholding of human and Indigenous rights, in keeping with Canada’s general support for civil society engagement and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and our domestic legislation and Action Plan.



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