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The High Seas Treaty: Latin American Leadership on Ocean Conservation

Date & Time

Jun. 6, 2024
11:00am – 12:00pm ET


Online Only


Prior to the High-Level Event on Ocean Action: Immersed in Change, from June 7 to 8 in San José, Costa Rica, the Wilson Center’s Latin America Program, in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), will host a dialogue on Latin America’s leadership in supporting ratification and implementation of the High Seas Treaty as an important means to protecting the oceans and achieving the 30x30 global conservation agenda.

Latin America and the Caribbean could be a leader in the treaty’s ratification and a trailblazer in creating marine protected areas in the high seas. The region is already a standout in marine protection in territorial waters, with several countries having met or exceeded the 30% target, including Chile, Costa Rica, and Panama. By quickly ratifying the High Seas Treaty and designating conservation areas beyond national jurisdiction, the region would bring the treaty to life, showcase its potentially transformational impacts, and attract greater international support for environmental protection in the Americas.

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Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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