Youth Resources

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Following over a decade of negotiations at the United Nations, world leaders are on the cusp of finalizing a new treaty to protect and sustainably use high seas marine biodiversity. To date, Youth voices within the treaty negotiations have been conspicuously absent. This is your ocean and the decisions made will impact your future and we think your voices should be heard!

With the final negotiation session planned for August 2021 at UN Headquarters in NYC, we need all hands on deck to ensure that the treaty creates all of the tools we need to conserve biodiversity, close management gaps, establishes accountability and transparency for activities occurring in the high seas and to ensure countries are ambitious enough for this task. 

We need to safeguard our global commons for generations to come. If you are interested or have any further questions about Youth involvement or opportunities within the high seas treaty negotiations please contact us at

High Seas Youth Ambassador Program – Apply Now!

Are you a young person who wants to help save the high seas or become involved in international treaty negotiations? Apply to be a High Seas Youth Ambassador! The High Seas Youth Ambassador Program will provide a platform for young people from around the world to raise their voices in support of a strong treaty to protect the high seas for future generations. The high seas make up two thirds of the ocean and cover nearly half of the planet—and they belong to everyone! Successful applicants will directly collaborate with the High Seas Alliance to ensure that young peoples’ voices are heard by treaty negotiators and will enjoy mentorship opportunities with seasoned ocean and environmental activists.  The application deadline closes on January 15, 2021. 

Apply Here

Youth Briefing: Protecting half the planet for future generations: A new and ambitious High Seas Biodiversity Treaty in 2021

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Also available in Spanish.

High Seas Alliance Youth Webinar: A New High Seas Treaty – How Youth Can Help Protect Half the Planet