26 May, 2023

A momentous milestone for the ocean and global biodiversity

On 4 March 2023, after 5 years of negotiations, the world reached a significant milestone for the global ocean and efforts to stem global biodiversity decline when nations agreed a new High Seas Treaty to protect ocean life. Once it has been ratified by at least 60 countries, the new Treaty will provide the legal framework to address many of the governance gaps that have plagued the ocean and provide a roadmap to conserve biodiversity areas that lie beyond national jurisdiction.

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shorter version of the Treaty factsheet for use by members, produced in black and white for ease of printing, is also available to download HERE.

18 November, 2021

Discover a few of the incredible biodiversity hotspots in the high seas that deserve priority protection and could become the first generation of high seas MPAs under a new UN High Seas Treaty.

The Thermal DomeEnglish | Spanish

The Lost CityEnglish

Sargasso SeaEnglish

South Tasman Sea / Lord How RiseEnglish

Walvis RidgeEnglish

Salas y Gómez & Nazca RidgesEnglish | Spanish

Emperor Seamounts English

Saya de MalhaEnglish | Spanish | French

1 March, 2016

On June 19 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 69/292 in which it decided to develop an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. The resolution provides for a preparatory committee “to make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text” of the instrument. The High Seas Alliance submits the following suggestions for consideration by the Preparatory Committee.

Continue reading High Seas Alliance: Suggestions for Consideration by the Preparatory Committee, March 2016

4 April, 2014

From 1-4 April 2014, governments will gather at the United Nations in New York, for ground-breaking discussions on whether to launch negotiations for a new High Seas biodiversity agreement under UNCLOS. These discussions will continue at the UN from 16-19 June, with a focus on the ‘scope, parameters and feasibility’ of a new implementing agreement.

The High Seas Alliance has released a series of policy briefs to coincide with these UN intersessional meetings:

HSA Briefing 1: About the High Seas Alliance

HSA Briefing 2: The Need for a New Implementing Agreement Under UNCLOS on Marine Biodiversity of the High Seas

HSA Briefing 3: Equity, Food Security and Capacity-building

HSA Briefing 4: Wonders of the High Seas