H.E. Mr Hiroshi Yamaguchi, presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority on Tuesday 22 May 2012.

Ambassador Yamaguchi has enjoyed a distinguished foreign-service career with many postings to Europe, South America, the USA and the Caribbean.  He was the Head of Delegation of Japan for the Authority’s 16th and 17th annual sessions. 

InterRidge announced the recipients of its 2010 Fellowship Programme today.

The three awards made this year included one from InterRidge and two provided from the International Seabed Authority Endowment Fund.

The InterRidge fellowship will allow Shinsuke Kawagucci, a postdoctoral researcher at JAMSTEC, Japan to develop international links, as well as giving him opportunities to expand the interdisciplinary nature of his research.

The ISA will host a presentation on its Endowment Fund on Wednesday 30 April in Conference Room 5 of the UN headquarters in New York from 1:15 - 2:30pm.

The Endowment Fund encourages and hopes to expand scientific research along the international seabed area and within the deep-sea environment.

The Secretary-General had appointed a new Advisory Panel for the ISA Endowment Fund. The appointments became effective 1 November 2014 and would extend for a period of three years. The members of the Advisory Panel are as follows:

JAMAICA, Kingston (24 July 2015) - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority meeting in Kingston yesterday, adopted the procedures and criteria for extension of an approved plan of work for exploration and took note of the draft framework for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area.

Council members were able to resolve their differences over the content of a proposal by the Legal and Technical Commission on procedures that would govern the extension of an approved plan of work for exploration of marine minerals by contractors.


JAMAICA, Kingston (16 July 2016) - - The International Seabed Authority and the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone.

The Contract was signed in Kingston on Friday 15 July 2016, in Kingston, by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton, and Michael Henry, the Director of CIIC.

The application for the exploration contract was approved by the Council of the International Seabed Authority on 21 July 2014. 

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JAMAICA, Kingston (30 May 2017) - - The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR), in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides with the International Seabed Authority, is offering four (4) at-sea training places for candidates from developing States within its 2017 training programme.

BGR Trainees (2015)

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 March 2018) - - The Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) co-hosted a side event yesterday, 22 March 2018, on the margins of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

JAMAICA, Kingston (24 July 2018) - -Canada and the International Seabed Authority today co-hosted a side event on Enhancing the Role of Women in Deep-Sea Marine Scientific Research through Focused Capacity-Building Initiatives to Achieve the Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Although numerous initiatives have been adopted and implemented at global, regional and national levels to ensure opportunities for women in non-traditional science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors, the participation of women remain low.

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On 27 December 2013, the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), which is a Cook Islands state enterprise, submitted an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for polymetallic nodules in a reserved area. The application is sponsored by the Government of the Cook Islands, The area under application is the reserved area portion of the G-TEC Sea Mineral Resources NV claim area in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone of the Pacific Ocean approved in July 2012.

H.E. Mr. Akramul Qader, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Secretary-General of the Authority on 3 April 2013.

Ambassador Qader is a career diplomat in the rank of a state minister and  currently serves as the Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States, with responsibility for Mexico and Columbia.

H.E. Gerardo Lozano Arredondo presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority on 2 February 2012.

The Council of the International Seabed Authority in a meeting yesterday afternoon decided by consensus to adopt a draft decision related to the Regulations which it had continued to deliberate upon at the 16th Session.

The Council has decided to remove regulation 23: Overlapping claims, from the draft Regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area and reformulate its contents into a resolution.

The Authority's online library catalogue (CDS/ISIS) is accessible using a menu-driven generalised Information Storage and Retrieval system WINISIS. It is designed specifically for the computerised management of structured textural databases, particularly suited to bibliographical applications and is used for the many small and medium-sized libraries.

JAMAICA, Kingston (6 March 2015) - - The ISA/China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) recently selected four candidates from developing countries for its contractor training programme.

According to the programme, COMRA will provide on-land training opportunities for four trainees from developing countries in 2015, with two trainees for a Fellowship training programme, and two for an Engineering training programme.

COMRA Training