Story | 14 Jul, 2022

IUCN gearing up for IGC5

In August, the 5th round of State negotiations will begin for establishment of the BBNJ Treaty to conserve high seas biodiversity and alter the current trajectory of ocean decline and biodiversity loss.


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The High Seas Biodiversity BBNJ Treaty can build on the vision of the Law of the Sea Convention to protect, conserve and restore marine life and sustainably and equitably use our shared ocean resources, while strengthening the existing governance framework for this vast global commons.  IUCN will be there to guide delegates with all the information they need to make informed decisions in favour of biodiversity, to fast-track negotiations and to overcome bottlenecks.

Resources for IGC5 delegates

Please check this site regularly as new resources are frequently being uploaded ahead of IGC5


IUCN commentary on the further revised draft text of an agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (A/CONF.232/2022/5)

DOALOS submissions

Multimedia story

High time for the High Seas


Resources for IGC4 delegates

Whilst more guidelines are in preparation, here is a selection of existing resources were prepared for IGC4 delegates and interested parties:

IUCN Submissions


Other media

Short film: Fighting alongside the friends of the ocean at the UN

Animation: Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ): the issues and the solutions