In its resolution 72/249 of 24 December 2017, the General Assembly decided to convene an Intergovernmental Conference, under the auspices of the United Nations, to consider the recommendations of the Preparatory Committee established by resolution 69/292 of 19 June 2015 on the elements and to elaborate the text of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, with a view to developing the instrument as soon as possible.
This is the last of the four meetings.
*UPDATE March 2020: Noting with concern the situation concerning the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), they decided to postpone the fourth session of the conference to the earliest possible available date to be decided by the General Assembly.
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