International leaders will meet at the UN in New York to talk about protecting the seas. Currently, two-thirds of the oceans are international waters, allowing all countries to visit, fish, and conduct research there without limitation. But only 1.2% of these high seas are actually protected. Although it has not yet been confirmed, the UN High Seas Treaty has been under discussion for ten years. If it were to be approved, 30% of the oceans would be under protection by 2030. The International Seabed Authority, which manages these activities, had given 31 contracts for deep-sea mineral exploration as of March 2022. However, because COVID-19 prevents world leaders from meeting, progress has been slow. Delays were also brought on by disagreements over the content of the official treaty. The nations decided to have a fifth and final session in March in an effort to establish the treaty.