Following over a decade of negotiations at the United Nations, world leaders are on the cusp of finalizing a new treaty to protect and sustainably use high seas marine biodiversity. To date, Youth voices within the treaty negotiations have been conspicuously absent. This is your ocean and the decisions made will impact your future and we think your voices should be heard!
With the final negotiation session planned for August 2021 at UN Headquarters in NYC, we need all hands on deck to ensure that the treaty creates all of the tools we need to conserve biodiversity, close management gaps, establishes accountability and transparency for activities occurring in the high seas and to ensure countries are ambitious enough for this task.
We need to safeguard our global commons for generations to come. If you are interested or have any further questions about Youth involvement or opportunities within the high seas treaty negotiations please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
Youth Briefing: Protecting half the planet for future generations: A new and ambitious High Seas Biodiversity Treaty in 2021
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