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UN faces race against time to reach agreement that protects the high seas

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Negotiations have been a roller coaster in recent days, and on Saturday morning delegates were still meeting behind closed doors.

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“We still have to clarify some issues, but we are making progress and delegations are showing flexibility“said the president of the conference, Rena Leein a brief plenary session held around 01:30 in the morning.

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Internal confrontations in the UN

The highly political chapter of the distribution of potential benefits from marine genetic resources was absent from last project of text.

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“It is clear that they are still trying with all their might to get a treaty today, otherwise they would have already thrown in the towel,” said Nathalie Rey, of the High Seas Alliance, which brings together some forty NGOs.

But even if compromises are reached in all the remaining chapters, the treaty cannot be formally adopted at this sessionRena Lee said.

Even if there is no formal agreement, it would be “a big step forward,” Greenpeace’s Veronica Frank told AFP.

Source: Ambito

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