High seas treaty: historic deal to protect international waters finally reached at UN
After almost 20 years of talks, United Nations member states agree on legal framework for parts of the ocean outside national boundaries
The historic treaty is crucial for enforcing the 30×30 pledge made by countries at the UN biodiversity conference in December, to protect a third of the sea (and land) by 2030. Without a treaty, this target would certainly fail, as until now no legal mechanism existed to set up MPAs on the high seas.
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