G20 and the High Seas Treaty: Webinar on Steps Towards Swift Ratification and Implementation

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.

This treaty is crucial for ocean health and requires swift ratification by at least 60 nations to enter into force. This Ocean Dialogue focused on the four key pillars of the Treaty: area-based management tools, environmental impact assessments, capacity building and technology transfer, and the equitable access and benefit-sharing of marine genetic resources.

During the webinar, experts highlighted the significant impact the Treaty could have on promoting ocean health and equity. They also emphasized the need for resources to support ratification and implementation, especially in developing countries.

Watch the full recording of the webinar below to gain a deeper understanding of the Treaty’s significance and the steps needed for its ratification and implementation.

For more detailed policy recommendations, download the full document.

Moderator:

  • Sivaja Nair, Senior Campaigner, RISE UP (India)

Speakers:

  • Rebecca Hubbard, Executive Director, High Seas Alliance (Australia)
  • Nichola Clark, Senior Officer, Ocean Governance, The Pew Charitable Trusts (USA)
  • Kahlil Hassanali, Senior Researcher, Institute of Marine Affairs (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Amber Rose Maggio, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations (DOALOS)
  • Daniel Kachelriess, Cross-Cutting Coordinator, High Seas Alliance (Germany)
  • Konstantin Wußmann, Policy Officer, Marine Nature Conservation Division, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection