Agreement on biodiversity from UN countries
The agreement made by the United Nations (UN) countries was reached as a result of nearly 40 hours of uninterrupted negotiations after the 5th Session of the Intergovernmental Conference held in New York for two weeks.
The agreement, which has been under study for nearly 20 years, aims to protect biodiversity beyond countries’ national maritime jurisdictions. In this area, which covers approximately two-thirds of the seas, issues such as climate change, overfishing and shipping traffic have a negative impact on biodiversity.
Limit to sea mines
While the agreement will impose restrictions on fishing activities in these areas, it will also impose restrictions on sea mines, maritime transport routes and exploration activities.
Regarding the agreement, which is considered an important step in the context of combating climate change, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “I congratulate all parties. I look forward to the days when we will continue to work together for a safer, healthier, resilient and productive ocean for present and future generations.”
The agreement is expected to be formally adopted at the UN. After that, the UN countries will decide whether to become a party to the agreement that will be opened for signature.