Can the New High Seas Treaty Protect the “Wild West” of Int’l Waters?

[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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