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UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONER CALLS FOR A MORATORIUM

On July 2023, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, called on delegates at the International Seabed Authority to issue a moratorium on deep-sea mining, warning on the risks this activity poses to marine ecosystems and the climate.

IUCN CONGRESS VOTES YES

In September 2021, IUCN members at the World Conservation Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of motion 069, calling for “protection of deep-ocean ecosystems and biodiversity through a moratorium on seabed mining”. Eighty-one percent of the governments and government agencies present, and 95% of the NGOs, supported the motion, which later became Resolution 122. The Resolution calls on all the IUCN’s State Members to support and implement a moratorium on deep seabed mining unless and until a set of conditions have been met, including the reform of the International Seabed Authority. This sent a strong message to governments that there is global opposition to deep-sea mining.

Among governments and government agencies, 81 voted for the moratorium, with 18 against and 28 abstentions. Among NGOs and civil society organizations, the vote was 577 for, 32 against and 35 abstentions.