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22 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.

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20 September, 2023

The Press Release is available in French, Spanish and English

Hollywood stars, Heads of State and ocean leaders call for urgent ocean protections as Treaty opens for signature at United Nations.

New York, 20 September 2023: As the historic High Seas Treaty opened to United Nations (UN) Member States for signatures at the UN General Assembly today, actors Sigourney Weaver and Jane Fonda supported the High Seas Alliance and its 52 members in challenging countries to compete in a Race for Ratification, with the ambitious goal of fast-tracking the Treaty’s entry into force as soon as 2025. 

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16 September, 2023

Join Us for Three Exciting Events During the 78th United Nations General Assembly and Climate Week NYC

As we approach the momentous occasion of the High Seas Treaty opening for signature on September 20th, these events, organised in collaboration with partners, offer an unparalleled chance to delve into ocean climate action, sustainable practices, and the future of our planet’s ocean.

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19 June, 2023

Press Release Available in English, French and Spanish

New York, 19th June 2023: The High Seas Alliance applauded governments meeting at the United Nations in New York today for formally adopting the new High Seas Treaty to protect ocean life after running out of time in early March when the negotiations were finalised. 

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24 April, 2023

Author: Nathalie Rey – Source: the-ies.org

In the late hours of the 4th March, after almost 1.5 days of non-stop negotiation, the world’s governments meeting at the United Nations in New York finally agreed on a Treaty text to protect the High Seas, or as it is officially known, for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). Applause broke out in the crowded UN conference room with smiles of relief and tears of joy on tired faces when the President of the Conference Rena Lee announced, “The ship has reached the shore”, confirming after a rollercoaster two weeks this historic win that will help address the many governance gaps that have plagued the ocean for decades.

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