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193 UN Member States adopted a landmark legally binding marine biodiversity agreement after a two decades' negotiation

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.
1. Fresh protection beyond borders
While countries are responsible for the conservation and sustainable use of waterways under their national jurisdiction, the high seas now have added protection from such destructive trends as pollution and unsustainable fishing activities.
Adopted by the Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), the “high seas” treaty aims at taking stewardship of the ocean on behalf of present and future generations, in line with the Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The new agreement contains 75 articles that aim at protecting, caring for, and ensuring the responsible use of the marine environment, maintaining the integrity of ocean ecosystems, and conserving the inherent value of marine biological diversity.
“The ocean is the lifeblood of our planet, and today, you have pumped new life and hope to give the ocean a fighting chance,” the UN Secretary-General António Guterres told delegates on Monday.
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  • Kevin

    48 w

    This is a very big win

    • winnie nguru

      51 w

      This will go along way in restoring normalcy in marine biodiversity

      • We Don't Have Time

        51 w

        Dear Joyce Waturu Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to United Nations and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Adam We Don't Have Time

        • Daniel Waweru

          51 w

          These are the deals we want, Indeed a win for the marine life

        • Joseph Githinji

          51 w

          This is a win for the marine life, this treaty will go a long way.

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