Treaty Ratification

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).

Continue reading Palau Takes the Lead in the ‘Race for Ratification’

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

2 December, 2023

The 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP28) opened in Dubai on the 30th of December, and at this crucial juncture for the climate, the High Seas must be discussed as a priority. The UNFCCC COP28 and the Global Stocktake are critical moments to boost ocean-climate ambition for the High Seas, and to chart a better course for our ocean, our climate and our future.

Continue reading The High Seas at COP28

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.

Continue reading Signing of the High Seas Treaty at the United Nations

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. 

Continue reading High Seas Alliance Applauds Countries Joining the High Seas Treaty ‘Race For Ratification’

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.

Continue reading High Seas Events during UNGA: Quick Overview