High Seas Governance

The governance of the oceans has gained increasing importance. Increasing focus is being placed on a high seas implementing agreement to address the governance gaps in the high seas.

The General Assembly has played an increasing role in recent years in oceans governance.  In 2006, an ad hoc open-ended informal working group on marine biological diversity discussed threats to marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction and the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP) discussed implementing the ecosystems approach. The General Assembly passed the 2006 oceans resolution and fisheries resolution.

In July, the Informal Consultative Process failed to reach consensus on the relevant legal regime for marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction.



There have been some important developments in international oceans governance

The Varda Group