The Fifth Session of the UN Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (New York, 20 February – 3 March 2023) reached a crucial legally binding agreement, The High Seas Treaty. The agreement reached by the delegates of the Intergovernmental Conference, is the culmination of UN-facilitated talks that began in 2004. The High Seas Treaty will ensure that 30% of the planet’s Oceans will become Marine Protected Areas. It will also place new regulations for mining at sea. This is hugely important.
There is further information from the BBC and from The Guardian.
While the Oceans Treaty gives us hope for the future of this damaged planet, the next steps are crucial: UN Member States must ratify the new Treaty for it fully to come into effect. LASER members are urged to write to their MPs to persuade the UK government to ratify this treaty.Like us on Facebook