Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Agreement

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered am ar 23 Ebrill 2024.

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To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of ratifying the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Agreement.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

The Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) Agreement is a major victory for ocean protection and multilateral diplomacy and underpins the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as the cornerstone of ocean governance. The Agreement means much greater protection for the two-thirds of the global ocean that lies beyond national jurisdiction. It will play a key role supporting the delivery of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, including helping to achieve the target to effectively conserve and manage at least 30 percent of the ocean by 2030. The UK played a significant and proactive role in achieving this success in over 10 years of negotiations and will continue to be proactive in preparing for implementation and entry into force and supporting other, particularly developing, countries, to do so. The UK continues to work at pace on the legislation and other measures needed to implement the Agreement and aims to implement and ratify in time for the UN Ocean Conference in June 2025 and will be in the forefront of the countries ratifying the treaty.

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