After nearly two decades of negotiations, the UN’s 193 Member States have adopted a legally binding marine biodiversity agreement covering two-thirds of the planet’s oceans, aiming to create a common wave of conservation and sustainability in the high seas beyond national boundaries.

Known as the High Seas Treaty, the agreement aims to protect the marine environment, maintain the integrity of ocean ecosystems, and conserve marine biological diversity. It also addresses issues such as plastic pollution, overfishing, and climate change, and recognizes the rights and traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities. The treaty also enables the establishment of marine protected areas and considers the special circumstances facing small-island and landlocked developing nations.

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