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UN steps closer to treaty for protecting ocean life

The United Nations took a step closer toward crafting a major treaty that would protect marine life beyond territorial waters by passing a resolution at the General AssemblyThe United Nations took a step closer Friday toward crafting a major treaty that would protect marine life beyond territorial waters by passing a resolution at the General Assembly. The eventual UN treaty would be the first to specifically address protection of marine life, calling for the preservation of vast areas threatened by pollution, overfishing and global warming. Friday’s resolution, which was co-sponsored by Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Samoa and Tonga among others, established a “preparatory committee” scheduled to meet twice in 2016.

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