30 May, 2024

The High Seas Alliance, in collaboration with RISE UP and the Ilhas do Rio Project hosted an insightful webinar on the 23rd of May, 2024 to discuss accelerating progress towards the ratification and implementation of the the UN High Seas BBNJ (Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction) Treaty, agreed upon in 2023.

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29 May, 2024

Ocean Dialogues 2024 (Brazil)

The High Seas Alliance, in collaboration with RISE UP and the Ilhas do Rio Project, presents a comprehensive set of policy recommendations focused on accelerating the ratification and implementation of the High Seas Treaty under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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21 May, 2024

High Seas Alliance Recommendations for the Organizational Meeting of the BBNJ Preparatory Commission

Prompt operationalization and implementation of the BBNJ Agreement is essential to address the alarming decline in ocean health and resilience.

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15 November, 2023

On 19 June 2023, the international community adopted the Agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement, also known as the High Seas Treaty). The Agreement opened for State signature on 20 September 2023 and will remain open for signature for two years. It will enter into force 120 days after 60 State ratifications. Until then, signatories are obliged to refrain from acts which would defeat the object and purpose of the Agreement.

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19 September, 2023

The Agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement) will enter into force 120 days after it has been ratified by 60 UN member States. Prior to its entry into force, a country or a regional economic integration organization may provide its consent to provisionally apply (“provisional application”) the provisions of the Agreement.

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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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