United States, Aug. 26 -- By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in New York

As negotiation intensifies this week, Pacific negotiators remain united in asserting the region's collective interest to ensure they are well protected in the new global treaty on marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

Analysing how the first week of negotiations panned out, the Manager and Ocean Analyst for the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, Peni Suveinakama told PACNEWS in New York that there is 'strong solidarity within the Pacific group in pushing the collective interests of the region.'

"We see that they are taking time to have discussions in the corridors, taking time to have discussions in the room to iron out few things. I think t...