Chile pushes for international agreement in defense of the high seas: “It’s time to act”

The high seas are not under the jurisdiction of any state and lie outside the exclusive economic zones of countries; they cover almost two-thirds (64%) of the world's ocean territory.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The ocean's impact on Chile, with its 6,435 kilometers of coastline, keeps alive the country's push for the international treaty in defense of marine biodiversity in the high seas, whose negotiations could culminate next year.

"It is time to act," said Ambassador Waldemar Coutts, director of environment and ocean affairs at the Chilean Foreign Ministry, who is working to ensure that the country complies with its environmental and conservation commitments in different international forums.

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