- overexploitation /oh-ver-ek-sploi-TEY-shuhn/
- extinct /ik-STINGKT/
- treaty /TREE-tee/
- ratify /RAT-uh-fahy/
- convene /kuhn-VEEN/
[noun] – the act of using too much of something, especially a natural resource
Overexploitation of groundwater quickly decreased the water table and runoff.
[adjective] – not now existing
A few bird species are already extinct.
[noun] – a written agreement between two or more countries, formally approved and signed by their leaders
The peace treaty will be signed by both parties, as agreed.
[verb] – (especially of governments or organizations) to make an agreement official
The climate convention has not yet been ratified by more than 60 nations.
[verb] – to bring together a group of people for a meeting, or to meet for a meeting
The committee will convene on Friday at 13:30.
Despite ten years of discussions, the UN High Seas Treaty has not yet been ratified. If it were approved, 30% of the world’s oceans would be protected by 2030. The International Seabed Authority, which oversees these activities, had granted 31 contracts to search for minerals in the deep sea as of March 2022. However, because COVID-19 prevents governments from convening, progress has been slow. It was also delayed by disagreements about the legal treaty’s content. Countries decided in March to have a fifth and final session in an effort to sign the treaty, with a deadline set for the end of the year. An EU official told a news outlet that in the event that this does not occur, the organization will nevertheless insist on the prompt continuation of the negotiations.
- Are there endangered species in your country? Please tell me more about them.
- How important are marine species to your country?
- If you were one of the world’s leaders, what would you do to save your country’s marine life?
- In your opinion, is the pandemic a valid reason to delay the treaty?
- If the fifth session to sign the treaty does not succeed this year, what would be the consequences?