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Round up of Day 1, Week 2 – Environmental Impact Assessment Working Group


The day was a rapid-fire discussion on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), starting with a discussion on what EIAs need to include. The High Seas Alliance (HSA) suggested a single paragraph to replace the 32 options contained in the Aid, in the interests of brevity, as well as the inclusion of a worst-case scenario and no … Continued

1 April 2019


High Seas Alliance, 29th March 2019: ABMTs including MPAs Informal Working Group 4.2


4.4. IMPLEMENTATION Greenpeace is delivering this statement on behalf of the High Seas Alliance. For 4.4, we support Option I, like the G77, the African Group, the EU, PSIDs, Latin American Like Minded Countries, New Zealand, Canada, China and others. On subparagraphs 1 and 2 according to which State Parties will be primarily responsible to … Continued

29 March 2019


Pew on behalf of the High Seas Alliance, 29th March 2019: ABMTs including MPAs Informal Working Group


ABMT intervention Pew on behalf of the High Seas Alliance Measures Such as Area Based Management Tools including Marine Protected Areas Intervention Day 5   IGC2 29 March 2019 Agenda Item 6 4.2 Relationship to measures under relevant instruments, frameworks, and bodies   Thank you Madame President. The Pew Charitable Trusts delivers these remarks on … Continued

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HSA reflection on the ABMT Discussion


The main focus of discussion today was the process for the designation of ABMTs including MPAs, with the majority supporting actually having a process, which is a good start. There was a fair amount of recognition for the importance of a transparent, inclusive, time-bound consultation process including all stakeholders. Many states agreed that state parties … Continued

28 March 2019


HSA, 28th March 2019: ABMTs including MPAs Informal Working Group


Agenda Item 6 4.3.2 Designation Process Thank you Madam Facilitator – We will focus our intervention on the designation process for MPAs specifically. With only a fraction of oceans under protection in areas beyond national jurisdiction today, our oceans and the life they sustain are increasingly under threat. And so are we humans; as only … Continued

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Update on Treaty Tracker proceedings and coverage


THE PROCESS NOW In advance of the second round of negotiations (IGC2),  President Rena Lee released the Aid to Negotiation. This is not formal or ‘zero draft’ text for a treaty but a means of identifying where there is convergence, or where further discussion is needed,  towards the development of draft treaty text. After opening … Continued


HSA reflection on the MGR discussion 27.3.19


HSA REFLECTION ON THE MGR DISCUSSION 27.3.19 In the scope discussion on MGRs, a number of countries argued that fisheries are outside the scope of the Agreement. The HSA intervened to make it clear firstly that this issue has already been resolved by the agreement that this process and the instrument will not undermine other … Continued

27 March 2019


Blog: Off to a good start: Duncan Currie, legal advisor to the High Seas Alliance


IGC2 started with general statements by States expressing real concern that the ocean is in a serious condition and that something has to be done urgently to address this. There was widespread agreement that the status quo is not enough and statements by many countries and regional groups were very positive and strong in support … Continued


Blog: Marine Genetic Resources: Harriet Harden-Davies


Marine Genetic Resources  Harriet Harden-Davies – Research fellow at the University of Wollongong, on the delegation of Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI)  Marine Genetic Resources (MGR) are a fundamental part of biodiversity. They’re part of the operating system that keep our ocean healthy and keep our planet working. Their true value extends far beyond the … Continued


High Seas Alliance Statement, 27th March 2019


The Pew Charitable Trusts on behalf of High Seas Alliance Measures Such as Area Based Management Tools including Marine Protected Areas Intervention Day 3 IGC2 – 27 March 2019 Agenda Item 6 4.3 Process 4.3.1 Identification of Areas Thank you Madam Facilitator and good afternoon delegates. I deliver these remarks as the Pew Charitable Trusts … Continued


Update on the Treaty Tracker Proceedings and coverage


THE PROCESS NOW In advance of the second round of negotiations (IGC2),  President Rena Lee released the Aid to Negotiation. This is not formal or ‘zero draft’ text for a treaty but a means of identifying where there is convergence, or where further discussion is needed,  towards the development of draft treaty text. After opening … Continued


New Video: Harriet Harden-Davies explains marine genetic resources and gives us an update from the working group


Harriet Harden-Davies, Nereus Research Fellow at University of Wollogong, explains why marine genetic resources are a key component of a legally binding treaty to protect the high seas. Harriet Harden-Davies, Nereus Research Fellow at University of Wollongong gives us an update on the discussions during the Working Group on Marine Genetic Resources.    

26 March 2019


High Seas Alliance Statement, 25th March 2019


I deliver these remarks on behalf of the High Seas Alliance and our over 40 member NGOs actively working for a healthy Ocean. We commend you, your team and DOALOS for your tremendous work in producing the President’s Aid to Negotiations in such a timely manner. This was also a reflection of the constructive efforts … Continued

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25 March 2019


New Video: We Are Off To A Great Start, But Time Is Of The Essence


Duncan Currie, legal advisor to the High Seas Alliance gives us an update on the opening statements delivered by Member States during the first day of negotiations. Countries expressed real concern over the declining state of the ocean and identified the urgent need to do something to address this.   We were pleased to hear … Continued


Amid Mounting Warnings of Ocean Threat, UN Talks Resume on the World’s First Legally Binding Treaty to Protect the High Seas


Treaty negotiations to conserve and protect nearly two-thirds of the ocean reconvene today at the United Nations (UN) with countries set to begin work towards a first draft text over the coming fortnight. The two-week Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) is the second of four negotiating sessions aimed at sealing a new legally binding treaty to protect … Continued


First Intergovernmental Conference Comes to a Close


The main business of the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) concluded with applause on Friday, September 14 and closing remarks by the President of the Conference Ambassador Rena Lee of Singapore. There was a palpable sense of optimism in the room, as it was evident that there is a clear path towards a … Continued

17 September 2018


What is a Marine Genetic Resource?


Harriet Harden-Davies, Neureus Research Fellow at University of Wollogong, sits down with us to explain what Marine Genetic Resources are and why it’s one of the main elements of this agreement up for discussion.   Harriet Harden-Davies, Neureus Research Fellow at University of Wollogong, explains the need to harness scientific and technological advancements, while ensuring … Continued

15 September 2018


Update on Treaty Tracker


The Treaty Tracker went live last week, and as with any endeavour, there is a learning curve. Our process involves using a primary and secondary note taker, a synthesizer and then a builder and reviewer to try to bring you the most accurate summary of key points being made.  In addition, we always link to … Continued

13 September 2018


What is a zero draft?


Peggy Kalas, coordinator of the High Seas Alliance, give us an update on the agenda for the next few days and explains the importance of moving into negotiations around a zero draft. What is the Zero Draft and Why Does It Matter? By Duncan Currie* A zero draft usually presents the first version of an … Continued

12 September 2018


Diving Deeper Into EIAs


Lisa Speer, Director of International Oceans Program at NRDC, dives deeper into Environmental Impact Assessments and why they are important to ensuring the proper protection of the ocean. If you’d like to learn more about Environmental Impact Assessments, read the blog below from Duncan Currie, legal advisor for the High Seas Alliance: An environmental impact assessment … Continued


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