MAPS: Treaty Sees Its First Country Signature

From the remote, forbidding icy reaches of the Arctic to the lapping tropical waters around the South Pacific islands, we are all connected. The loss of ice in the Arctic, called a “death spiral” by scientists, is linked with sea level rise that threatens to engulf these islands. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa knows what is at stake. Having repeatedly called on world leaders to take action to stop the Pacific Islands from drowning, he has become the first official signatory of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty.

“Samoa is pleased to support the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty,” says Prime Minister Malielegaoi. “For us, this Treaty along with the Oceans Pathway reflects the richness of the oceans in biodiversity and their significant role in regulating temperatures, as well as the need to protect our planet’s cooling system so as to stabilize climate and sea levels. Small island states like Samoa which are on the front lines of the impacts of climate change see MAPS as a realizable solution to addressing pivotal climate change issues.”

Today, much of the Arctic Ocean is unprotected under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which allows coastal states to exploit all natural resources within 200 nautical miles or more from their coastlines. That’s why created the MAPS Treaty as an addendum to the UNCLOS that protects all Arctic Ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle, regardless of jurisdiction. The MAPS Treaty has been translated into all official UN languages, provided to all 193 UN member states, and shared with officials at COP21, COP22, COP23 and UNGA 72.

In 2010, with the support of fans and well-wishers from around the world, Parvati travelled to the North Pole to give the northernmost musical performance ever, in order to raise awareness of the melting polar ice. Her first-hand experience of the beauty and vulnerability of the High Arctic led her to found in 2014 in response to the threat of seismic testing in the vulnerable Arctic Ocean ecosystem.

Globally respected scientific luminaries such as Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Sylvia Earle are among the growing chorus of voices calling for this sanctuary which was born from the deep desire to be of service to our hurting world. Dr. Goodall says, “It is hugely important to establish the proposed Sanctuary.” Dr. Earle says MAPS is “an idea whose time has come”. Leading biologist Dr. E. O. Wilson calls for 50% of the Earth to become conservation areas to prevent mass extinction. MAPS creates the biggest marine protected area in history, an immediate and powerful solution to the unprecedented threat facing our planet today.

Please be part of the change our world needs. Sign and share the MAPS petition at, and call on your government to ratify the MAPS Treaty immediately.

Arctic is a not-for-profit dedicated to a healthy world. Its first order
of business is the realization of MAPS: the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary,
an effective step to cool our planet and keep our oceans alive.

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