Protecting the Ocean We Need - Securing the Future We Want

New York, 24 January 2015: States took a major step toward urgently needed ocean protection at the UN today agreeing to develop a legally binding agreement to conserve marine life in the high seas.

On the final morning of a UN Meeting striving to achieve historic protection for the high seas, environmental organizations applauded the vast majority of States working hard to bring about a positive outcome.

The third day of the BBNJ is a long one as the meeting extended into an evening session in order for government delegates to continue negotiating the text of a possible UNGA resolution to launch negotiations for a treaty that would help protect ungoverned areas of the ocean beyond areas of national jurisdiction.