Building Political Momentum for the High Seas

Date: 13th November 2023

The new High Seas Treaty to safeguard marine life and ensure the equitable sharing of benefits from marine genetic resources opened for signing on 20th September 2023 at the United Nations in New York. The Treaty now needs at least 60 countries to ratify it so it can enter into force as soon as possible and make change on the water. 

High Seas Alliance is partnering with key partners from governments and civil society to encourage high-level commitment to build political momentum for the swift ratification of the Treaty and are encouraging leaders to sign onto the following commitment at key international events. 

Treaty Champions Declaration

We, Heads of State and Ministers from around the world, commit to working together to ensure the new United Nations Agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (the High Seas Treaty) secures the 60 ratifications needed to enter into force as soon as possible, and will strive to reach this goal by the 2025 UN Ocean Conference.

Countries that have signed the Declaration

High-Level Events

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The race for ratification is on! Follow countries progress on the Ratification Tracker.

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