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:

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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4 March, 2023

New Treaty agreed to protect half the planet but formal adoption still required

New York, 4th March 2023: Late this evening governments meeting at the United Nations in New York reached agreement on key substantive issues for a new Treaty to protect High Seas marine life. To ensure this hard won progress is not lost, The High Seas Alliance is calling for the UN to conclude the formalities of adoption as soon as possible in the final resumed session.


20 February, 2023

New York, 20th February 2023: Today governments resume negotiations at the United Nations in New York to finalize a new High Seas Treaty to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. The two-week Intergovernmental conference is taking place from 20 February to 3 March 2023 and is a resumption of negotiations from August 2022, when governments ran out of time.

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