In August 1995, the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10th December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks was adopted. The Agreement includes ground-breaking provisions to ensure compatible conservation and management measures between high-seas areas and coastal zones under national jurisdiction. A major feature of the Agreement is its "precautionary approach" by which States are obligated to act conservatively when there is doubt about the viability of stocks.
This special year-end issue of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin will review relevant activities that have taken place since the adoption of the Agreement, including the signing ceremony in New York on 4 December 1995, summarize the results of the General Assembly's consideration of the Conference and highlight upcoming events. This issue of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin is published as part of a series of year-end issues intended to summarize the current state of play in the various sustainable development conferences and negotiations reported on by the Bulletin in 1995.