Oceans Conference in Lisbon was “very important” for a “historic” agreement to protect the high seas
The Secretary of State for the Sea highlights, among the agreed points, the exploitation of genetic resources in the oceans.
The Secretary of State for the Sea, José Maria Costa, accompanies the European Commission and also sees the high seas protection agreement, after 15 years of negotiations, as a historic moment. In his opinion, the Oceans Conference, held in Lisbon last year, played a key role in the agreement.
“It really is a historic moment. I would say that after the law of the sea treaty, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year and was a great international instrument, we have again had the victory of multilateralism, with the oceans being at the center of the agenda of concerns of nations around the world. The second Oceans Conference, which took place in Lisbon, was also very important for this awareness of the nations that we had to find the bases for what is the protection of biodiversity on the high seas”, defended José Maria Costa to TSF.
Among the agreed points, the Secretary of State for the Sea highlights the exploitation of genetic resources in the oceans, which will be shared by all signatory countries.
“Today is indeed a very happy day for the conservation of the oceans because some very important goals have been achieved, some of them within the United Nations line, which is to have 30% of the marine areas on the high seas protected by 2030. for the exploitation of oceanic genetic resources based on international rules. The results of all this exploration of genetic resources will be shared by all of humanity”, said the Secretary of State for the Sea.
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