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News Report: UN seeks to protect world's Oceans

Protect our oceans: Urgent UN treaty makes fifth attempt to safeguard the high seas

On Monday, the UN began the latest set of talks to protect the world’s oceans from exploitation in New York.

This once in a lifetime opportunity to safeguard our waters’ biodiversity has now been through 10 years of negotiations. But, if signed, 30 per cent of the world’s oceans would become conservation areas before the end of the decade.

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Why is the UN oceans treaty important?

The high seas make up around two thirds of the world’s oceans. They are beyond the jurisdiction of any country meaning everyone has the right to fish, pass through in ships, do research there or even carry out deep sea mining.

The new treaty would, in the words of the UN, “address the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas of the ocean which are beyond the limits of States' maritime zones.”

This is the fifth - and hopefully final - set of negotiations to draft the first ever treaty on the ocean’s biological diversity.

Original Content by: By Rosie Frost for• Updated: 20/08/2022 - 07:01

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