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25 May, 2024

By Nathalie Rey, senior policy advisor at High Seas Alliance. 

 On 27-30 May 2024, world leaders will convene for a once-in-a-decade United Nations conference on the small Caribbean Island of Antigua and Barbuda. Their mission is to spotlight the challenges and opportunities for small island developing States (SIDS) and create an ambitious 10-year global Plan of Action towards “Resilient Prosperity”.

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17 May, 2024

Protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030 rests on safeguarding biodiversity beyond borders

By Rebecca Hubbard, Director, High Seas Alliance

At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in 2022, nations committed to protecting at least 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030 as part of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, the minimum scientists say is required to stem the loss of marine life and avoid a collapse of global fisheries.

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14 May, 2024

Guest blog by Olive Heffernan.

June 2023 was an historic moment for the high seas, the half of our planet that is ocean beyond national borders. Following twenty years of campaigning by conservationists and scientists, UN member states finally adopted the High Seas Treaty, the first piece of global legislation to protect life in this vast, unclaimed, space.

Continue reading THE HIGH SEAS: Ambition, Power and Greed on the Unclaimed Ocean

29 April, 2024

The High Seas Alliance, in partnership with EarthEcho International, is proud to announce the selection of the 2024 High Seas Youth Ambassadors. This year, six remarkable young leaders from Brazil, Mexico, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Samoa have been chosen to champion the ratification of the High Seas Treaty. Their campaigns will play a critical role in building the necessary momentum to support this vital international agreement.

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24 April, 2024

Press Release available in French and Spanish.

Brussels, 24 April 2024: The High Seas Alliance strongly welcomed the European Parliament’s vote in favour of the European Union (EU) ratification of the High Seas Treaty today. Formally known as the United Nations Agreement on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), the Treaty aims to protect marine life in areas beyond countries’ maritime boundaries, which includes the High Seas and the seabed called “The Area”.

Continue reading European Union Approves Ratification of High Seas Treaty

16 April, 2024

Athens, 16 April 2024: TheEuropean Union and the governments of Belgium, Bermuda, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Republic of Korea, Nigeria, Palau, Philippines and Seychelles called on all nations1 to prioritise the ratification and implementation of the historic High Seas Treaty today, and committed to ensure it swiftly secures the 60 ratifications needed to enter into force. The call also came as Seychelles became the latest country – and the first African nation –  to officially ratify the new Treaty today, thereby ​​picking up the pace in the Race for Ratification2

Continue reading World leaders call on all nations to swiftly ratify the High Seas Treaty at Our Ocean Conference