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Enhancing Africa's Role in International Ocean…

Enhancing Africa's Role in International Ocean Governance
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To commemorate World Ocean Day, this event assesses Africa's role in ensuring an effective and equitable implementation of the BBNJ Agreement.

The agreement reached in March to protect marine biodiversity in the High Seas is a triumph for multilateralism and global cooperation. The agreement provides a legal framework for safeguarding marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdictions, which make up 60% of the world's oceans. The benefits for Africa are immense, as the continent is disproportionately affected by maritime and environmental crime and the effects of climate change.

This side event at the United Nations on World Ocean Day celebrations in New York features a high-level panel discussion on options for the speedy ratification of the treaty among African countries. Speakers will assess capacity gaps and the support required to ensure Africa plays a greater role in global maritime governance space and institutions.

Hosted by the Permanent Missions of Sierra Leone and South Africa to the United Nations in collaboration with the Institute for Security Studies.