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Protecting the Ocean We Need - Securing the Future We Want

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.

Source: The New York Times
Author: Somini Sengupta 

More than half of the world’s oceans belong to no one, which often makes their riches ripe for plunder.

Source: Oceans Deeply
Author: Todd Woody

After years of talks, the U.N. has taken a major step toward an international treaty to preserve the biodiversity of the high seas to combat climate change, overfishing and plastic pollution.<--break->

One of the major issues arising from the Ocean Conference is the need for a treaty to protect the high seas covering half the planet.  The momentum exists because States are returning to the UN next month for their final scheduled Preparatory Meeting, determining whether or not to open up formal negotiations through an Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) in 2018.  The High Seas Alliance will be working at the PrepCom to try to ensure this happens.
 

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