november, 2020

thu12nov10h3011h30Towards blue governance: Bringing the high seas treaty over the finish line10h30 - 11h30 Session theme:Environment

Speakers for this event

  • Annick GIRARDIN

    Annick GIRARDIN

    Minister of Marine Affairs, France

    Minister of Marine Affairs, France

  • José MARIA FIGUERES

    José MARIA FIGUERES

    Ocean Unite

    Ocean Unite

  • Rena LEE

    Rena LEE

    Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Singapore

    Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Singapore

  • Richard BRANSON

    Richard BRANSON

    Virgin Group

    Virgin Group

  • Virginijus SINKEVIčIUS

    Virginijus SINKEVIčIUS

    European Commission

    European Commission

Description

After nearly two decades of discussions at the United Nations and in world capitals, governments are in the final stages of negotiating the BBNJ treaty (Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction), which will finally bring legal protection to marine life in our shared global common – the high seas. With new and emerging pressures from human activities threatening oceans every day, it is critical to reach a robust agreement to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of the high seas as soon as possible. This session will provide an opportunity for government and business leaders to exchange views on what is needed to successfully conclude these negotiations in 2021.

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