NGOs, actresses and political leaders call for the prompt ratification of the High Seas Treaty

Following the opening this Wednesday in New York of the signing by UN member states of the High Seas Treaty, they urge its prompt ratification, if possible before 2025.

The NGOs that make up the High Seas coalition, Hollywood actresses such as Jane Fonda, and dozens of political leaders have called for urgent measures to protect the oceans.

The High Seas Treaty is a legally binding agreement that establishes a framework for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. It covers two-thirds of the planet's oceans, and is a historic milestone in ocean protection.

"This is a defining moment for the oceans," said Jane Fonda, actress and environmental activist. "The High Seas Treaty is our last chance to protect 30% of the oceans by 2030, as the international community has committed. We urge all countries to ratify this treaty as soon as possible".

NGOs have also called on political leaders to support ratification of the treaty. "This treaty is essential for the health of the oceans and the future of humanity"said Wendy Elliott, Oceana's director of marine policy."We urge all countries to ratify it as soon as possible so that we can start working to protect marine biodiversity".

For the High Seas Treaty to enter into force, it must be ratified by at least 30 countries. So far, 67 countries and the European Union have signed it.

The importance of the High Seas Treaty

This Treaty contemplates the protection of 30 percent of the high seas marine surface by 2030, since currently, only 1 percent of the oceans are protected.

The High Seas Treaty is important for several reasons. Firstly, it establishes a legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas outside national jurisdiction. This is important because these areas are home to a great diversity of species, including many that are threatened or endangered.

Second, the treaty allows the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs) in areas outside national jurisdiction. MPAs are areas of ocean that are protected from human activities, such as fishing, mining and exploration.

Third, the treaty establishes mechanisms for international cooperation in the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. This is important because the oceans are a global asset and require a global approach to their protection.

The ratification of the High Seas Treaty is an important step for the protection of the oceans. It is a historic agreement that has the potential to help protect marine biodiversity and ensure a sustainable future for the oceans.

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With information of: https://www.noticiasde.es/