For the High Seas Treaty* to have an impact on the water, it must be signed and ratified by at least 60 countries. It is critical governments fast-track ratification so the Treaty can enter into force and become a binding international law in 2025. The speedometer will show progress when countries ratify the Treaty.
Below is a list of UN Member States that have committed to speeding up the protection of ocean life. The European Union (as Regional Economic Integration Organization) and the State of Palestine (as a non-member observer State) have also signed the High Seas Treaty when the Treaty opened for signatures on September 20, 2023.
*The High Seas Alliance (HSA) occasionally refers to the “High Seas Treaty” as a simplified way to discuss the BBNJ Agreement. HSA recognizes that the BBNJ Agreement covers all areas beyond national jurisdiction, including the seafloor and water column. This terminology aims to make the information more accessible to a broad audience and does not imply any preference for specific elements or principles within the BBNJ Agreement.