G7 Climate and Environment Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué includes reference to BBNJ


G7 Ministers reflected in their G7 Climate and Environment Ministers’ Communiqué that “We will work to expeditiously conclude, if possible by the end of 2021, the negotiation of a new and ambitious international legally binding instrument under UNCLOS on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction which will include a clear obligation to conserve and sustainably use marine biodiversity and include a mechanism to establish Area-Based Management Tools (AMBTs), including Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and will aid the implementation of intended new marine targets, recognising our commitment to support global 30by30 for the ocean.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     G7 Ministers have recognised the importance of achieving an ambitious High Seas Treaty that will bring much needed protection to half our planet. After decades of deliberations, world leaders must now bring the political will needed to bring this historic new Treaty over the finish line, and ensure that it is in the best interests of the ocean and all humankind. We are looking to the G7 Leaders to listen to the ocean, and confirm this commitment at the Summit to deliver a treaty that will finally provide effective protection for the blue heart of our planet as soon as possible.

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