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A new treaty will protect marine biodiversity in international waters

A new treaty will protect marine biodiversity in international waters

He General Secretary UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres congratulated United Nations member states on concluding a speech. Seeks to guarantee the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. It was a breakthrough after nearly two decades of negotiations, he said.

“It’s a win for diversity Global efforts to counter destructive trends facing ocean healthNow and for generations to come,” Guterres said in a statement from his spokesman on Saturday night, hours after the agreement was reached at UN headquarters in New York, where final negotiations on a draft of the agreement took place in the past two weeks.

Agreement entered into by the representatives of Intergovernmental Convention on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction It is the culmination of a series of negotiations conducted by the UN since 2004.

A basic agreement to face the tri-planetary crisis

A legal framework known as the “High Seas Treaty”, 30% of the world’s oceans are protected areasIt also puts more money into marine conservation and facilitates access to and use of marine genetic resources.

Guterres argued that the agreement was crucial to resolving the three-planet crisis Climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

“It is also vital to achieving maritime-related goals and objectives 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development And this Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework”, he said at a UN conference in Montreal last December, referring to the so-called ’30×30′ commitment to protect one-third of the world’s biodiversity on land and in the sea by 2030.

“The ship came ashore”

He noted that the outcome of the Conference on Marine Biodiversity was legacy-based United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, The Secretary-General commended all parties for their ambition, flexibility and perseverance, and praised the leadership and commitment of Ambassador Rena Lee of Singapore.

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“Ladies and gentlemenThe ship came ashore“Ambassador Lee announced the agreement on Saturday night to sustained applause in the meeting room where the agreement was concluded. Delegates will meet again later to formally adopt the text.

Antonio Guterres acknowledged the critical support of non-governmental organizations, civil society, academic institutions and the scientific community in achieving the High Seas Agreement.

Guterres stressed that he will continue to work to “ensure a healthy, highly resilient and productive ocean that will benefit present and future generations.”