Valparaíso Chile for the BBNJ Secretariat

Why Valparaíso, Chile?

A country with oceanic commitment:

Concerns regarding international governance of maritime resources lie at the center of our foreign policy.  These are facts, not mere words:

BBNJ and Chile

Various public and local stakeholders in the city and the region support Valparaíso’s proposition. 

It is recognized that the treaty provides new opportunities for ocean research and a push for efforts to protect and conserve marine life.

It will also promote the sustainable development of offshore activities, benefiting the city's economic activity.

A strategic place in front of the ocean

Valparaíso is a city that provides excellent health, scholar and connectivity services. 

Only an hour and a half by land from Santiago, the capital of Chile, where the seat of government is located, as well as 73 embassies accredited in Chile. 

The international airport serves both cities, contributing a great national and international connectivity.

Academia, research and culture

Valparaíso is a center of attraction that combines several areas that make this city an ideal place to live. 

The academic offer is wide. It is home to four of the most important universities in Chile, as well as numerous professional institutes and technical training centers.

Valparaíso is an open-air museum. Its hills, colorful houses, large murals and classic elevators make this city a unique place. In addition, there is the “La Sebastiana Museum”, home of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda; the Municipal “Museum of Fine Arts Palacio Baburizza”; the “National Maritime Museum”, among many others.

Gabriel Boric

President of Chile

“We are proud to offer our loved city of Valparaiso as the official venue of the BBNJ Treaty.

We will continue to work firmly for the conservation of our oceans, because we know how important they are in the fight against the climate crisis, for humanity and our entire ecosystem.”

Alberto van Klaveren

Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs

“We have built a nation by the ocean, a state with clear commitments and objectives for its protection, conservation and the care of its ecosystems.

We have the opportunity to contribute to the decentralization of the United Nations system, for the global south to be a key player in the construction of climate and ocean solutions, challenges that affect us more than anyone else.”


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