UN High Seas Treaty Symposium: From Negotiation to Implementation – Edinburgh

July 10, 2023

UN High Seas Treaty Symposium

Executive Director, Pen Hadow, attended the two day symposium, attended by x600 delegates, which revealed the administrative challenges ahead for the Secretariat to the Treaty (aka UN Convention on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction).

It was revealed that since UN member nations could sign the convention on 21 Sept 2023 over 80 had already signed, thus passing the minimum required number of 65 signatories. Now all signatories need to ratify their commitment with their individual home parliaments. Once at least 65 such parliaments have endorsed their representatives signatures by 21 Sept 2028, the Treaty will immediately come into force.

90NF is deeply appreciative of the efforts made by the event’s Organising Committee to make it possible for us to attend – and to be actively introduced to so many individuals and organisations working closely on the development of the Treaty.

Additionally, 90NF was kindly granted permission to stage its international photographic exhibition, An Ocean Revealed – Arctic Ocean Biodiversity, sponsored by global specialty insurer and reinsurer, Inigo.