THE NATIONS OF the world have launched a historic two-year process to create the first-ever international treaty to protect life in the high seas. Covering nearly half of the planet, the high seas are international waters where no country has jurisdiction. These waters, which reaches depths of nearly seven miles, are filled with life, from valuable fish to plankton. They help generate the oxygen we breathe and regulate the global climate.
The high seas also need proper governance to meet future challenges, such as mining for minerals on the sea bed, access and use of yet-undiscovered species that may have medical or commercial benefits, and geoengineering.
All in All, This will be one of humanity’s most significant negotiations.