In resolution 68/70, paragraph 200, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to convene three meetings of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction, to take place from 1 to 4 April and 16 to 19 June 2014 and from 20 to 23 January 2015.
In support of Rio+20 outcome paragraph
Take a decision on the development of an international instrument under UNCLOS to address conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.
Following a recommendation of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, the GA decided to establish a regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects.(the "Regular Process")
The GA has decided that the task of the first cycle of the Regular Process (2010 to 2014) will be to produce the first integrated global marine assessment of the world's oceans and seas. To this end, the GA has created an Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole, which meets at UN Headquarters in New York.