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A worker hangs a banner on the fence surrounding the sports arena in Lisbon that will host the United Nations Oceans Conference, Saturday, June 25, 20...
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 2nd left, smiles as Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa addresses the participants of the ...
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, center, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, center right, and actor Jason Momoa, behind G...
A worker sweeps the floor outside the sports arena in Lisbon that will host the United Nations Ocean Conference, Saturday, June 25, 2022. From June 27...
Actor Jason Momoa, 2nd right, watches UN's Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson address participants at the United Nations' Youth and Innovation ...
Actor Jason Momoa holds the "Nature Batton" after arriving to meet participants at the United Nations' Youth and Innovation Forum at Carcavelos beach,...
A woman walks past the Iberian Lynx, a piece from the Big Trash Animals series by Portuguese artist Bordalo II, made from garbage plastic, outside the...
EDS NOTE: NUDITY - Ocean Rebellion activists stage a performance calling for an end to all national fuel subsidies to fishing fleets and bans to botto...
EDS NOTE: NUDITY - Ocean Rebellion activists stage a performance calling for an end to all national fuel subsidies to fishing fleets and bans to botto...
Ocean Rebellion activists stage a performance calling for an end to all national fuel subsidies to fishing fleets and bans to bottom trawling, at the ...
Visitors watch sharks and other fish swimming in the main tank at the Oceanarium in Lisbon, Monday, June 27, 2022. From June 27 to July 1, the United ...
From left, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta take p...
The United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, right, greets other representatives taking part in a group photo at the United Na...
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, center of front r...

A worker hangs a banner on the fence surrounding the sports arena in Lisbon that will host the United Nations Oceans Conference, Saturday, June 25, 20...

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 2nd left, smiles as Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa addresses the participants of the ...

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, center, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, center right, and actor Jason Momoa, behind G...

A worker sweeps the floor outside the sports arena in Lisbon that will host the United Nations Ocean Conference, Saturday, June 25, 2022. From June 27...

Actor Jason Momoa, 2nd right, watches UN's Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson address participants at the United Nations' Youth and Innovation ...

Actor Jason Momoa holds the "Nature Batton" after arriving to meet participants at the United Nations' Youth and Innovation Forum at Carcavelos beach,...

A woman walks past the Iberian Lynx, a piece from the Big Trash Animals series by Portuguese artist Bordalo II, made from garbage plastic, outside the...

EDS NOTE: NUDITY - Ocean Rebellion activists stage a performance calling for an end to all national fuel subsidies to fishing fleets and bans to botto...

EDS NOTE: NUDITY - Ocean Rebellion activists stage a performance calling for an end to all national fuel subsidies to fishing fleets and bans to botto...

Ocean Rebellion activists stage a performance calling for an end to all national fuel subsidies to fishing fleets and bans to bottom trawling, at the ...

Visitors watch sharks and other fish swimming in the main tank at the Oceanarium in Lisbon, Monday, June 27, 2022. From June 27 to July 1, the United ...

From left, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta take p...

The United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, right, greets other representatives taking part in a group photo at the United Na...

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, center of front r...

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Some countries won't accept that the world's oceans belong to everyone and their “egoism” is holding up a global agreement on protecting these vast tracts of the planet, the United Nations chief charged Monday.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres didn’t say which countries he was referring to, but stressed the significance of the oceans to everyone on the planet. “International waters are ours,” he said.

The U.N. chief was with senior officials and scientists from more than 120 countries attending a five-day U.N. Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. Also present were activists frustrated by the failure to come up with international rules that might ensure ocean sustainability.

The U.N. is hoping the conference that got underway Monday will bring fresh momentum to protracted efforts for a global ocean agreement.

There's no comprehensive legal framework applying to the high seas. Oceans cover some 70% of the earth’s surface and provide food and livelihoods for billions of people. Some activists refer to them as the largest unregulated area on the planet.

The conference is set to adopt a declaration that, though not binding on its signatories, could help implement and facilitate the protection and conservation of oceans and their resources, according to the U.N.. The declaration is due to be endorsed on Friday.

But still beyond reach is a vital new international agreement on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction, also known as the Treaty of the High Seas.

That treaty is being negotiated within the framework of the United Convention on the Law of the Sea, which is the main international agreement governing human maritime activities.

After 10 years of talks, however, including a fourth round of negotiations three months ago, a deal is still not within sight. A fifth round is scheduled for August in New York.

“The world’s largest ecosystem ... is still unprotected and is dying as we watch,” the activist group Ocean Rebellion said.

Guterres said “significant progress” has been made toward a deal on a high seas treaty and that the world stands at “a crucial moment” for the future of the oceans.

“We need to make people put pressure on those who decide,” Guterres said, appealing for people to make themselves heard.

Threats to the oceans include global warming, pollution, acidification and other problems, the U.N. says. Potentially harmful deep-sea mining also lacks rules.

Despite the frustrations, the conference is “an important opportunity to accelerate” steps toward a high seas treaty, the U.N. says, as delegates informally debate possible ways forward.

The conference is also expected to reaffirm and build upon the some 62 commitments made by governments at the previous summit in Nairobi, Kenya in 2018, from protecting small island states with ocean-based economies to sustainable fishing and combatting warming waters.

Financing models for ocean conservation are also on the agenda this year, as well as coming up with science-based, innovative solutions that might improve ocean health.

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry and French President Emmanuel Macron are among those attending some days of the event.

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