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March 7, 2023

A Historic Deal to Protect Oceans

Ask Students: How has there been disagreement between wealthy nations and developing nations over the treaty?

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Summary

Delegates at the United Nations have agreed on a historic international treaty to protect biodiversity on the high seas, a deal years in the making. The agreement is critical to reaching another U.N. goal: protecting 30 percent of the ocean by 2030. Liz Karan with the Pew Charitable Trusts joins John Yang to discuss the negotiations.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who is interviewed for this story, and what is her background?
  • Where and when was the treaty discussed in this article negotiated?
  • What is the treaty designed to protect?
  • Why was the treaty necessary, according to Liz Karan?
  • How has there been disagreement between wealthy nations and developing nations over the treaty?

Focus Questions

What incentives (motivations or possible rewards) do you think nations might have in protecting marine life not part of their own territories?

Media Literacy: Who else would you want to hear from to understand why this treaty is important?

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