The Provisional Application of the BBNJ Agreement

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.

  • What is provisional application?
  • Why would the provisional application of the BBNJ Agreement be advisable?
  • Which part of the BBNJ Agreement can be provisionally applied?
  • How can a State proceed to provisionally apply the BBNJ Agreement?