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The Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention ensures international stability and peaceful use of the world’s seas and oceans by governing all activities on, over and under international waters. The treaty clearly defines its signatories’ rights to offshore fishing, deep sea mining and navigation, while sustaining ocean resources for future generations. The treaty also guarantees the global mobility of United States armed forces and provides clearly defined laws for countries to follow in order to prevent international military incidents.
To date, 161 countries and the European Union have ratified the Treaty, while only 35 nations, including the United States, Libya and North Korea, have not. The U.S. would be the single largest beneficiary of the Law of the Sea Treaty because it has the longest coastline of any nation in the world.
The benefits of U.S. participation in the treaty include:
Pew is a founding member of The American Sovereignty Campaign, a broad, diverse and distinguished group of national security, business and NGO leaders and organizations that are committed to expanding U.S. sovereignty and protecting vital national security and economic interests by promoting Senate ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty. Learn more about TASC at www.RatifyTheTreatyNow.org. It is in the economic, national security and environmental interests for the United States to ratify the Law of the Sea treaty.
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