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The United Nations Organization (UN) adopted on Monday the first treaty for the protection of the high seas, an agreement that will allow the establishment of marine protected areas in international waters and that is considered essential to save the oceans.

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After years of debates and negotiations, as well as a long negotiating process last March, the text was formally approved, after being reviewed and translated into the six official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian.

Without the need for a vote, the adoption took place by consensus and was received with a standing ovation by government representatives, who celebrated the conclusion of the process.

In plenary, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, assured “The ocean is the soul of our planet and today you have breathed new life into it and have given the ocean a chance. They have complied and they have done so at a critical time.”

Likewise, Guterres stressed that the "historic agreement" demonstrates that the international community can unite to respond to major global problems and that the "spirit of international cooperation is still alive."

The UN Secretary General also urged governments not to delay signing the new treaty for the protection of the oceans, which will be available from September 20 at the United Nations headquarters.

Although the adoption on Monday puts an end to the negotiations, the text will not enter into force until at least 60 countries have signed and ratified it.

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