We need an Ocean Treaty – like, yesterday

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This time, it’s got to work.

Our oceans are facing an unbelievable array of challenges, and I think we know them by now: pollution, over-fishing, the many manifestations of climate change, and now the threat of deep sea mining. It’s urgent.

So, the final negotiations for aUN Ocean Treatyresumed on Monday, February 20, 2023 in New York. This is the Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Conference, after the Fourth Session in New York ended in March, 2022without agreement. In other words, the 50 High Ambition Coalition countries failed in their promise of an Ocean Treaty last year. In Montréal in December 2022, 190 countries agreed on the “30×30” target, which is to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030 – an encouraging agreement, indeed. Currently, less than 5 percent of our oceans are protected.

Dr. Laura Meller from the University of Helsinki, Oceans Campaigner and…

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