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No Commitment to the High Seas

19 June 2012

Members of the High Seas Alliance (HSA) were profoundly disappointed by the decision to delay action on high seas protection in the conference text, despite some more promising measures to improve ocean health.

In an ironic twist of fate, the ocean dialogue - the voice of civil society and science - was concluding that high seas biodiversity protection should be a top priority for the Rio+20 Conference at exactly the same time as the negotiators were adopting a seriously weakened text.

Referring to the oceans text which deals with a long awaited governance structure for the high seas, members of the HSA said, "The negotiators have used 118 words where four would do - 'We are doing nothing."

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