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The main business of the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) concluded with applause on Friday, September 14 and closing remarks by the President of the Conference Ambassador Rena Lee of Singapore. There was a palpable sense of optimism in the room, as it was evident that there is a clear path towards a treaty to protect the high seas.

Source: BBC
Author: Matt McGrath

The first significant steps towards legally protecting the high seas are to take place at the UN in New York.

The 24th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) took place from 5-9 March (the Council), and 16-26 July 2018 Council and Assembly) in Kingston, Jamaica. The main topics for Council (the 36 members elected by the Assembly representing different interest groups), plus observers were the draft regulations on deep seabed mining, models for a financial payment system, issues of non-compliance of contractors, and possible operationalization of the Enterprise.

The technical and scientific subsidiary body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) or otherwise known as SBSTTA, met in July, in Canada, to discuss a pathway to review existing and describe new marine areas of ecological and biological significance and to recommend on ways to improve scientific credibility and transparency of the process.

Marine Conservation Institute (MCI) continues its support of a strong UN treaty that will create lasting protections for high seas biodiversity, through its research, mapping and communications.

In recognition that well-informed participation in the upcoming BBNJ intergovernmental conference (IGC) will be critical for the advancement of the negotiations, States and regional groups have been dedicating time and resources in preparing their national positions and participating in various forums to share expertise and address common interests.

Thank you Co- Chairs, and I join others in congratulating you on your appointment as co-chairs of the ICP.  I am speaking on behalf of the High Seas Alliance, the Interamerican Association of Environmental Defense, and the Int’l Fund of Animal Welfare (IFAW). We also align ourselves with the statement to be made from OceanCare. We are grateful that the Informal Consultative Process and the work of DOALOS provides a collaborative forum to delve into critical issues that affect our ocean, including this pressing issue anthropogenic ocean noise.

The High Seas Alliance (HSA) and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC), congratulate ocean champion Kristina Gjerde for winning this year’s Visionary Ocean Award.

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Source: Nature

Author: Olive Heffernan

As the United Nations prepares a historic treaty to protect the oceans, scientists highlight what’s needed for success.

Source: NRDCLauren Kubiak

The ocean is crucial for life on earth, yet much of it lacks comprehensive environmental safeguards. Providing oxygen we breathe, food we eat, and performing important roles in planetary systems like moderating our climate, a lot is at stake when we risk the health of the ocean. Hearteningly, governments began formal negotiations this week to develop a treaty that will protect the high seas: an area the size of nearly half the planet.

On 24th December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly took the historic decision to open the negotiations of a treaty to protect biodiversity in the high seas (“Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdictions” or “BBNJ”). High seas represent two thirds of our oceans and are barely protected today.

Source: National Geographic, Stephen Leahy

A new international effort hopes to stem the tide of illegal and under-regulated fishing and otherwise protect the ocean from a range of threats, to benefit everyone. <--break->The nations of the world have launched a historic two-year process to create the first-ever international treaty to protect life in the high seas.

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution today, December 24th, towards protecting half the planet as it agrees to the opening of formal negotiations for a new ocean treaty.

Peggy Kalas, Coordinator of the High Seas Alliance (HSA), focuses on the importance of preserving the biodiversity of the high seas, as well as combatting climate change, overfishing and plastic pollution.

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