Many had hoped the session would be the last and yield a final text.
After 15 years, including four prior formal sessions, negotiators have yet to reach a legally binding text to address the multitude of issues facing international waters — a zone that encompasses almost half the planet.
"Although we did make excellent progress, we still do need a little bit more time to progress towards the finish line," said conference chair Rena Lee.
It will now be up to the UN General Assembly to resume the fifth session at a date still to be determined.
Many had hoped the session, which began on August 15 at the United Nations headquarters in New York, would be the last and yield a final text on "the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction," or BBNJ for short.
A view of the United Nations headquarters building in New York City. File photo
"While it's disappointing that the treaty wasn't finalised during the past two weeks of negotiations, we remain encouraged by the progress that was made," said Liz Karan with the NGO Pew Charitable Trusts, calling for a new session by the end of the year.
One of the most sensitive issues in the text revolved around the sharing of possible profits from the development of genetic resources in international waters, where pharmaceutical, chemical and cosmetic companies hope to find miracle drugs, products or cures.
Such costly research at sea is largely the prerogative of rich nations, but developing countries do not want to be left out of potential windfall profits drawn from marine resources that belong to no one.
It is very depressing that Russia has announced suspension of the agreement that allowed vital grain exports from Ukraine (“Russia suspends participation in Ukraine grain deal,” Oct.30, Gulf Today website). According to the news, Russia on Saturday suspended its participation in a landmark agreement that allowed vital grain exports from Ukraine, blaming alleged drone attacks on Russian ships in Crimea.
The government agreed to lift a ban on the group, release all their party members and supporters in jail and drop all legal cases against them, while the group agreed to give up all violence and resolve any issues through peaceful dialogue, the government said in a statement after peace talks.
This year is the 28th year of “World Water Day” and on its eve, two women leaders, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) director general Audrey Azoulay and UAE Minister of State for Food and Water Security Mariam Almheiri called on everyone to contribute to the sustainable conservation and use of this valuable global resource which man and the biodiversity could not live without.
The latest group of 30 participants for CNN Academy Abu Dhabi includes 16 Emiratis and 14 UAE residents from 12 countries, including Egypt, France, India and Syria.
President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President Serdar Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan, on the occasion of his country's Independence Day, which is celebrated annually on 27th of September.
The Year of Sustainability team, in its latest video release, the "Year of Sustainability: Today For Tomorrow” has called upon all those who call the UAE home to step-up efforts towards climate action.