UN treaty negotiations to conserve and protect nearly two thirds of the ocean re-convene today (19 August 2019), in what is widely regarded as the greatest opportunity in a generation to turn the tide on ocean degradation and biodiversity loss.
In June, Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) convened a conference – A Global Agreement for the High Seas – to bring together scientific, legal, environmental and political expertise to discuss the BBNJ treaty process with key stakeholders from the United Kingdom (UK). With the UK set to leave the European Union, which negotiates as a bloc within the intergovernmental process, a strong, progressive stance from the UK government could bring a powerful new voice for high seas protection to the negotiations.
With just weeks to go before IGC3, the Greenpeace ship Esperanza steamed into the Sargasso Sea in early August to begin the third leg of their ambitious Pole to Pole expedition. Part of Greenpeace’s Protect the Oceans campaign to raise global support for a new UN global ocean treaty, the nearly year-long expedition will sail from the Arctic to Antarctica, documenting special ocean places on the high seas and the threats they face.
On May 15-17, 2019 a group of experts in ocean science, policy, law and communications convened in Denver, Colorado to launch the Coral Reefs on the High Seas Coalition, a global alliance of partners that seeks to support the establishment of the first large-scale marine protected areas (MPAs) that would protect mesophotic coral reefs in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
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.
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.
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.
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
New York, 25 MARCH 2019: Treaty negotiations to conserve and protect nearly two-thirds of the ocean reconvene today at the United Nations (UN) with countries set to begin work towards a first draft text over the coming fortnight.The two-week Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) is the second of four negotiating sessions aimed at sealing a new legally binding treaty to protect marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, commonly known as the high seas. The negotiations are widely regarded as the greatest opportunity in a generation to turn the tide on ocean degradation and biodiversity loss and follow over a decade of discussions at the UN.