High Seas Treaty Dialogue: 2-3 December 2020 Area-based Management Tools


The topics of discussion for this High Seas Dialogue was on Area-based Management Tools (ABMTs) and picked up on discussions to date including from the July 2020 High Seas Treaty Dialogue on ABMTs and the President’s November Programme of Intersessional work, focusing on: coordination and cooperation, decision-making, consultation, the process for the establishment/designation of ABMTs + MPAs, relationship of the BBNJ Agreement to “relevant entities”, complementary measures and recognition of existing protections

The High Seas Treaty Dialogues are bringing together government representatives and experts in a Track 1.5 dialogue to make concrete progress toward the adoption of a United Nations “High Seas Treaty” – an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Since April 2020 the High Seas Treaty Dialogues have convened delegates online, hosted by the governments of Belgium, Monaco and Costa Rica in collaboration with the High Seas Alliance. The High Seas Treaty Dialogues are organized and administrated by The International Center for Dialogue and Peace-building.

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