Youth Resources

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Following over a decade of negotiations at the United Nations, world leaders formally adopted the High Seas Treaty to protect ocean life in June 2023.

Now at least 60 countries must ratify the Treaty for it to become the world’s first international law to safeguard biodiversity beyond national jurisdictions (BBNJ), enabling the establishment of High Seas marine protected areas, and regulating potentially harmful activities through comprehensive
environmental impact assessments.

We need all hands on deck to challenge world leaders to #RaceForRatification so that the Treaty enters into force by the United Nations Ocean Conference in June 2025.

This is your ocean. Transforming the High Seas Treaty into action in the water is a critical step to reversing the climate and biodiversity crises. The rate and scale of progress will impact your future and we think your voices should be heard!

If you are interested or have any further questions about Youth involvement or opportunities to accelerate the ratification and implementation of the High Seas Treaty please contact us at

Follow progress on the High Seas Treaty Ratification Tracker.

High Seas Youth Ambassador Declaration for a new international legally binding treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Treaty)

Download here.

Youth Briefing: Protecting half the planet for future generations: A new and ambitious High Seas Biodiversity Treaty in 2021

Dowload here.

Also available in Spanish.

High Seas Alliance Youth Webinar: A New High Seas Treaty – How Youth Can Help Protect Half the Planet