The United Nations (UN) has just adopted the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Treaty (BBNJ), is a legally binding international agreement that will help govern the high seas, per CBS News. The legal document was approved by all 193 UN members, and it aims to protect the environment as well as mitigate disputes over natural resources.
Up until now, there has never been such a treaty that would govern the high seas. The new development intends to be a turning point in the way conservation efforts around the planet are approached. These include deep-sea mining, exploration, oil exploration and overfishing, per the report.