United Nations negotiations on high seas biodiversity
The high seas represent two thirds of the Ocean surface and are one of the world’s major sources of biodiversity. They provide unique resources for fisheries or the use of marine organisms. They also connect all human beings through marine transportation and underwater cables. They are a zone to be explored and a field for innovation and research.
To protect this potential, the United Nations decided in 2015 to start negotiations for a more comprehensive and legally binding agreement on the high seas. The first session of these negotiations was held in the UN Headquarters in New York in September.
The second session of negotiations will be held in the UN Headquarters, New York from March 25th to April 4th 2019.
World Ocean Network will follow these discussions with great interest.