World leaders call on nations to swiftly ratify U.N. ocean treaty

Dominican Republic
Published Apr 17, 2024

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During the 'Our Ocean' conference in Athens, the European Union and 13 other countries, including the Philippines, have called for global action to prioritize the ratification of a U.N. treaty dedicated to protecting the world's oceans. This treaty, aimed at conserving biodiversity and combating overfishing in the high seas, requires 60 ratifications to come into effect, with only four countries having ratified and 89 signed so far. The EU has pledged 3.5 billion euros towards ocean protection and sustainability, contributing to the over $10 billion in commitments announced at the conference. This initiative is part of a broader goal to protect 30% of the Earth's land and sea by 2030, known as the '30 by 30' target.
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ATHENS, Greece - The European Union and the governments of 13 countries, including the Philippines urged nations on Tuesday to prioritize the ratification of a U.N. treaty to protect the world's oceans from overfishing and other human activities. The EU and the governments of Belgium, Bermuda, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, South Korea, Nigeria, Palau, the Philippines and Seychelles committed that the "High Seas" treaty swiftly secure the 60 ratifications needed to get into force at an "Our Ocean" conference held in Athens this week. The global pact to conserve biodiversity in the high seas was formally adopted by the United Nations last year and is seen as a crucial tool to meet a target to protect 30% of the Earth's land and sea by 2030, known as "30 by 30." So far, four countries - Palau, Chile, Belize and the Seychelles - have formally ratified the treaty, while 89 countries have signed it, expressing their intent to ratify it. The European ...
Source: Gmanetwork
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