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In my weekly column for World Politics Review, I examine four major topics that will be on the table at next month's negotiating session on the UN Pact on High Seas Biodiversity.
Quietly but steadily, the most important environmental treaty that most people have never heard of is taking shape. Late last month, a United Nations committee released the draft text of a new, legally binding international convention to protect the “marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.” The so-called BBNJ treaty will promote the “conservation and sustainable use” of marine resources and living organisms in the high seas, an expanse encompassing 50 percent of the planet’s surface and all the water below.
Read the full World Politics Review article here.