The independent Global Ocean Commission, a newly formed international group of scientists and other leaders, is hoping to provide updated advice to the United Nations on how to handle the high seas, which lie outside national jurisdictions. The U.N.'s Convention on the Law of the Sea has handled the issue of high seas since 1994, but the commission says the laws are outdated and don't adequately address threats such as climate change and overfishing. "The high seas are owned by everyone but their governance and management are inadequate," said José María Figueres, a founding member of the commission.

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