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Advancing governance of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

A new issue of the journal Marine Policy focuses on the better protection and sustainable use of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (the “high seas”). Containing 14 articles written by leading experts in the field (including contributions from the GOBI community), it highlights the current state of affairs in high seas governance, gaps, and ways forward. These papers are intended, in part, to contribute to ongoing discussions at the UN on how biodiversity on the high seas should be better protected. 

The special issue puts forward options ranging from regional initiatives, better global institutional cooperation, and the establishment of integrated marine reporting and indicators through the UN’s “Sustainable Development Goals”. Also discussed are medium- and longer-term solutions such as the establishment of overarching legal principles for High Seas governance, and the development of a comprehensive new legal agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. 

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