Beyond borders: Why new 'high seas' treaty is critical for the world

The UN’s 193 Member States adopted a landmark legally binding marine biodiversity agreement on Monday following nearly two decades of fierce negotiations over forging a common wave of conservation and sustainability in the high seas beyond national boundaries – covering two thirds of the planet’s oceans. Here are five key points on why it is important for the world.
Beyond borders: Why new 'high seas' treaty is critical for the world

UN delegates reach historic agreement on protecting marine biodiversity in international waters

05 Mar 2023

Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated UN member countries for finalizing a text to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, calling it a “breakthrough” after nearly two decades of talks.   

UN conference concludes with ‘historic’ deal to protect a third of the world’s biodiversity

19 Dec 2022

The UN Biodiversity Conference, COP15, concluded early on Monday in Montreal, Canada, with a landmark agreement to protect 30 per cent of the planet’s lands, coastal areas and inland waters by the end of the decade. 


Nations sign up to end global scourge of plastic pollution

02 Mar 2022

Heads of State, environment ministers and other representatives from 175 nations, endorsed a historic resolution at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi on Wednesday to end plastic pollution, and forge an international legally binding agreement, by the end of 2024.