Portugal, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, João Gomes Cravinho
, was one of the first countries to sign the Treaty
This fact is highlighted in a statement by the Oceano Azul Foundation, which congratulates the Portuguese Government and the international community for signing.
The Treaty, the result of almost 20 years of discussions, aims to conserve and sustainably use marine biodiversity. It is a legally binding document protecting international waters, which are outside the area of national jurisdiction, corresponding to more than 70% of the Earth's surface.
The UN announced that the process of signing the Treaty would be officially opened to member states at the United Nations headquarters, and that 65 countries had already shown interest in signing the document this week.
In The Portugal News