UN Negotiations

1 April, 2020

World governments were due to meet at the United Nations in March/April this year for the final scheduled negotiation session to establish a new international legally-binding High Seas Treaty.

While these negotiations have been temporarily postponed, it is important to continue the work and momentum towards finalising negotiations and the adoption of this landmark treaty as early as possible.

Continue reading High Seas Alliance and Prospect Round Table

5 December, 2019

Source: Ocean as Common 

Le 8 juin 2018, nous lancions un Appel pour que l’Ocean soit reconnu comme bien commun de l’Humanité.

Ce mardi 2 décembre 2019, lors de son discours aux Assises de l’économie de la mer, le Président de la République, Emmanuel Macron, a posé ce principe comme fondement de la stratégie maritime de la France.
Dans une allocation portant haut l’ambition maritime pour la France, le chef de l’Etat a en effet déclaré : « La vision maritime que la France doit développer est claire : l’océan est un bien commun de l’humanité, … Un bien placé sous notre responsabilité collective et individuelle, de la haute mer aux eaux territoriales »

Continue reading La France à l’avant-garde de l’Ocean, Bien commun de l’Humanité

15 November, 2019

Good news for global governance of the ocean! The High Seas Alliance, a global partnership of 40 environmental NGOs and IUCN, has been selected as one of the 10 projects out of a total of 700 applicants, to be “scaled-up” over the next year through support and advice from the prestigious Paris Peace Forum.  Specifically, the Paris Peace Forum will promote HSA’s work to protect the ocean’s immense and unique biodiversity with a binding international governance treaty, currently being negotiated at the UN. 

Continue reading Paris Peace Forum Announcement

14 November, 2019

Peggy Kalas – We’re approaching a once in a generation opportunity for transformative change for the ocean – and we need to make it happen.

In 1967, Arvid Pardo delivered his landmark speech before the United Nations General Assembly urging countries to consider the resources of the ocean in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) as “the common heritage of mankind” and the need for international cooperation to protect the ocean for future generations.

Continue reading Paris Peace Forum: High Ambitions for the High Seas

7 August, 2019

The High Seas Alliance welcomes the release of the draft text of an agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (see Draft Text), and congratulates the President of the Intergovernmental Conference, Ambassador Rena Lee, on this achievement.

Continue reading High Seas Alliance – Key Recommendation for IGC3 on the President’s Text

31 May, 2019

As negotiations progress for a new international legally binding instrument (‘Instrument’) on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), the relationship of this new BBNJ Instrument to existing regional and sectoral organizations remains a point of intense debate. The new Instrument presents an opportunity to enhance the effectiveness of existing relevant legal instruments and organizations and bring forward a more coherent and comprehensive approach to the protection and conservation of marine biodiversity in the high seas. This briefing offers examples from existing regional and sectoral organizations to illustrate systemic challenges to conserving biodiversity in ABNJ under the current fragmented ocean governance system. These challenges include:

(i) implementation of the ecosystem and precautionary approach;
(ii) cooperation and communication across sectors;
(iii) adherence to scientific advice;
(iv) achieving consensus on decisions needed to protect biodiversity;
(v) considering climate change impacts in management decisions;
and (vi) inadequate implementation of States’ obligations to conduct environmental impact assessments.

Continue reading HSA’s Newest Brief – Lessons Learned from Regional and Sectoral Organizations for Conservation in ABNJ

27 March, 2019

Source: RFI – Las Voces Del Mundo
Por Silvia Celi

Las negociaciones sobre un tratado vinculante para conservar y proteger casi dos tercios del océano se reanudaron este lunes en la sede de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), en Nueva York. Los distintos países comenzaron a trabajar para lograr un primer borrador de texto en los próximos quince días.

Continue reading ONU: Hacia un Tratado Vinculante para Proteger la Alta Mar

25 March, 2019

Mario Villar.- EFEverde.- Los países de todo el mundo comenzaron este lunes la segunda ronda de negociación de un tratado para proteger la biodiversidad en los océanos, una reunión en la que deben empezar a dar forma a este ambicioso instrumento que reclaman desde hace años las organizaciones ecologistas.Protección para los océanos

Continue reading El Mundo Comienza a Dar Forma a un Tratado para Proteger los Océanos