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Hi, this is Michelle. Conservation experts are cautiously hoping that a deal will finally be struck next week in New York on protecting marine life in the high seas. The agreement, which has been cooking for nearly two decades, is a crucial piece of the puzzle to achieve ocean conservation goals agreed at last year’s biodiversity summit.

Still in New York, the Security Council has rebuked Israel’s plans to expand settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, while back in Geneva, the UN has raised around half of what it says it needs to bring education to children in conflict settings.

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Ocean protection goals on the line at UN talks. Countries are meeting over the next two weeks in New York for the last stretch of talks to strike a deal on protecting the high seas, which will be crucial to deliver on recently agreed ocean conservation goals. After nearly two decades of negotiations, observers are cautiously hopeful that countries will be able to iron out the remaining sticking points and conclude a legally-binding agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond their national jurisdictions – known as international waters or high seas.

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