[By Dr. Sarah Lothian]
Delegates gave a jubilant cheer at United Nations Headquarters in New York on March 5 as nations reached an agreement on ways to protect marine life in the high seas and the international seabed area.
It has been a long time coming, debated for almost two decades. It took nine years of discussions by an Informal Working Group, four sessions of a Preparatory Committee, five meetings of an Intergovernmental Conference and a 36-hour marathon final push to reach agreement.
So why was it so hard to achieve? And what does it do?
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