Treaty Ratification

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”.

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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

4 March, 2024

The Press Release is available in English, French and Spanish

New York, 4 March, 2024: A year since the historic High Seas Treaty1 was agreed by governments2 at the United Nations (UN) on 4 March 2023, the High Seas Alliance urged world leaders to re-double their efforts to protect the global ocean by ratifying the High Seas Treaty swiftly so that it can enter into force by the 2025 UN Ocean Conference in Nice, France. 

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22 January, 2024

High Seas Alliance congratulates Palau for being the first nation to ratify the High Seas Treaty

The Press Release is also available in Spanish.

New York, 22 January, 2024: The High Seas Alliance applauded Palau for being the first to officially ratify the historic United Nations (UN) High Seas Treaty today and urged other countries to accelerate their efforts in the Race for Ratification*(1).

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2 December, 2023

Dubai, 2 December 2023: Recognizing that the ocean is the Earth’s most powerful climate regulator, Ministers and government representatives from across Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Europe urged all countries to accelerate ocean protections by swiftly ratifying the new High Seas Treaty during a high-level event held today at the 28th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the UNFCCC in Dubai. On the same day, during his address at COP28, President Emmanuel Macron of France reaffirmed the goal of ratifying the High Seas Treaty by the 2025 UN Ocean Conference in Nice, to be co-hosted by France and Costa Rica.

Continue reading World leaders and ocean champions urge countries to ratify the High Seas Treaty for climate security at UN Climate CoP