As French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a high-level ocean summit in France, to galvanise ambition ahead of the UN Global Ocean Treaty negotiations, the UN indicated that NGOs may face highly limited access to the negotiations.
Amidst mounting civil society pressure leading up to the treaty negotiations, Macron himself has been accused of ‘double-speak’ after publicly backing deep sea mining.
The UN negotiations that will decide the future of the high seas are due to take place 7-18 March at the UN Headquarters in New York. “You simply can’t close the doors on civil society as you discuss the fate of half our planet,” said Veronica Frank, political strategist at Greenpeace International.
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