Today marks the end of Climate Week in New York, where on Wednesday 68 countries from around the world came together to sign the High Seas Treaty at the UN General Assembly. It is expected that more countries will sign the treaty in the coming days and weeks.
Signing the High Seas Treaty indicates that a country intends to ratify the agreement on the national level. At the time of signing, 60 countries still have yet to ratify the treaty. Once this happens, a 120-day countdown will begin before the treaty enters into force and becomes international law. The race to ratify the High Seas Treaty is on — with the goal of having it implemented and in full force by 2025.
See the full list of signatories here.