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UN member countries complete work on deal to protect oceans

Representatives from more than 100 countries wrapped up work on a treaty to protect the biological diversity of the oceans on Saturday. According to conservationists, the document will play an important role in the fight against the disappearance of marine life.

The document, discussed for 15 years, was finally approved after five rounds of lengthy negotiations led by the UN.

The treaty is seen as an important contribution to the so-called “30 to 30” agenda, which foresees that by 2030 states will take under protection 30% of the world’s land and water. The corresponding agreement was adopted in December in Montreal.

The European Commission called the deal “historic”. “We are taking an important step forward for the conservation of marine life and biodiversity, which we and future generations need,” said Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for the Environment.

Today, only a small part of the world’s oceans are protected. Among the main threats to biodiversity is unrestricted fishing.

Greenpeace representatives present at the talks demanded that the agreement be ratified as soon as possible.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry, which currently holds the EU presidency, called the agreed document “the most important international treaty in the field of environmental protection” after the Paris climate agreement. 2015.


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