Signing of the High Seas Treaty at the United Nations

Date: 22nd September 2023

The High Seas Treaty opened to State signatures on 20 September 2023 at the United Nations in New York . By signing, countries express their willingness to proceed to ratifying the Treaty.

After the first two days of signing, the count quickly reached 75 signatures. This amazing momentum really sets the Treaty in good stead for swift ratification and entry into force, making us one step closer to realizing the protection that the ocean so badly needs.

As soon as 60 countries sign AND ratify, the Treaty will enter into force after 120 days and we can ramp up international action to protect our shared ocean, mitigate climate breakdown and safeguard the lives and livelihoods of billions of people worldwide.

We ask countries to sign the Treaty as soon as possible, and accelerate efforts nationally to fast track the ratification process. 

Rebecca Hubbard, High Seas Alliance Director

Follow progress on the High Seas Treaty Ratification Tracker.

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