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.

Salas y Gomez & Nazca RidgesEnglish | Spanish

Costa Rica Thermal DomeEnglish | Spanish

Emperor Seamounts English

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.

Download Submission for PrepCom1, here.

High Seas Environmental Impact Assessments – Pew Briefing

Marine Protected Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction – Pew Briefing

Interventions delivered:

March 28th:

March 29th:

March 30th:

March 31st:

April 1st:

April 4th:

April 5th:

April 6th:

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