HSA in the News

19 December, 2022
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Ludovik Burns Tuki, Rap Nui. Lisa Speer, HSA. Sol Kaho’ohalahala,Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Minister Joyce Murray, Government of Canada. Minister Steven Victor, Government of Palau. Minister Tanya Plibersek, Government of Australia. Minister Christophe Béchu, Government of France. State Secretary Stefan Tidow, Government of Germany. Minna Epps, IUCN. Staffan Danielsson, Government of Sweden. Ashok Adicéam, Government of France. Special Representative Sebastian Unger, Government of Germany.

Montreal, 17th December 2022, Today, Ministers meeting in the sidelines of CBD COP15, one of the most critical conferences for biodiversity this century, recognized the importance of working together to secure the finalization of an ambitious new treaty to safeguard marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), commonly known, as the High Seas. Ministers and high-level officials from Australia, Canada, European Commission, France, Germany, Palau, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the USA attended the meeting, together with members from civil society and Indigenous peoples and local communties. 

Many governments are part of the High Ambition Coalition for BBNJ, that was launched by the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen in Brest, France at the One Ocean Summit, at the initiative of French President Macron. This Coalition is a political commitment by countries wanting to adopt a meaningful and robust UN Ocean Treaty as soon as possible. 51 members have joined to date. 

The meeting organized by the Government of France, E.U., the NGO Coalition High Seas Alliance and the IUCN, aimed to raise awareness and political will to ensure that ocean governance receive a significant boost by the agreement of a new High Seas Treaty at the next round of BBNJ negotiations at the United Nations in New York from 20th February to 3rdMarch 2023. This Treaty was expected to be finalized following years of intense discussions at the last Intergovernmental Conference (IGC5) in August. However, governments ran out of time to find the common ground to finish negotiations. 

A healthy planet is not possible without a healthy ocean. Given that the High Seas cover almost 50% of the planet, this new instrument is vital for the protection of marine biodiversity in these areas outside of national jurisdiction, where governments are responsible to work together to conserve this vast area. 

This renewed commitment by Ministers is especially poignant as governments grapple in the final days of CBD COP15 to agree on a strong target to protect at least 30% of land and sea.

Ministers confirmed to maintain political momentum and mobilization in the coming weeks through high-level engagement to find the compromises that bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion in early March but will still result in a robust and future-proof treaty that sets the rules to safeguard high seas marine biodiversity for the benefit of all humankind. 

8 June, 2021

The Latin American region’s positive leadership has been tangible towards the final phase of the negotiations for a new legally binding BBNJ Treaty. 

In this context, High Seas Alliance representatives supported a webinar on capacity building and the transfer of marine technology hosted by Honduras and El Salvador on March 23rd, 2021. HSA provided support towards the organization and experts’ selections, as well as interpreters to facilitate the discussions between the participants and the experts. 

Continue reading High Seas Alliance in Latin America

27 November, 2020

The High Seas Alliance, in collaboration with the Paris Peace Forum 2020, convened a high-level panel to discuss the new high seas treaty and the need for global ambition to move it past the finish line in 2021. The panel was moderated by former Costa Rican President and Founder of Ocean Unite, José Maria Figueres, with panel discussion amongst  Virginijus Sinkevičius (Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, European Commission), H.E. Rena Lee (President of the Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ), Annick Girardin (Minister of Marine Affairs, France) and Sir Richard Branson (CEO Virgin).

Continue reading Towards Blue Governance: Bringing the High Seas Treaty over the finish line

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

23 March, 2020

Dear Ocean Friends,

We are in the midst of unprecedented global health threats that require all of us to recalibrate, and find new ways to approach our work, our communities and our social lives.  In the midst of the postponement of the fourth and final-slated session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC4) to negotiate a legally binding treaty under UNCLOS for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), the ocean is still facing unprecedented threats from human activities.  It is all the more important to use this extended intersessional period as an opportunity to progress negotiations on the President’s draft text.  While the date for IGC4 is yet to be determined, the High Seas Alliance is prepared to support new and innovative ways of working during these challenging times. We must work together, continue the momentum and keep ambition high so that we can conclude IGC4 with a treaty that delivers long-awaited protection for marine life in our high seas.

Continue reading High Seas Alliance Newsletter – Spring 2020

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