In just a few weeks time, the UN General Assembly will begin its 69th session. Why is this important? Government representatives from around the world will gather to discuss the future of the ocean and how it should be governed. At the June 2012 Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio-20) governments committed to address on an urgent basis key issues surrounding conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in those areas that fall outside of any one government's national jurisdiction -- the portion that belongs to all of us.
The High Seas Alliance welcomes the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol, which provides a transparent legal framework for the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources from within countries.