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.

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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KINGSTON, JAMAICA,  1 November 2013 - - A sensitization seminar on Deep Sea Mining: Environmental, Legal and Technical Challenges will be held in Mexico from 11-12 November, 2013.
The seminar is a joint collaboration between the International Seabed Authority and the Government of Mexico and will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offices in Mexico City.

H.E. Mr. Ariel Fernández, presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of Argentina to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton on Thursday, 28 February 2013.

Ambassador Fernández began his diplomatic career in 1994 at the Bilateral Economic Negotiations Directorate for Argentina in charge of the desk for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Nordic countries. From 1995 to 2008  Ambassador Fernández was appointed to many leading positions where he participated in a wide range of  negotiations with the FAO, WFP and the IFAD.

The International Seabed Authority and China signed a 15-year contract for prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides located in the Southwest Indian Ridge.

The contract was signed by Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton, Secretary-General of the Authority and Jin Jiancai, Secretary-General of China Ocean Mineral Resources R&D Assoc.,

The Authority has previously signed contracts with nine entities since the Nodule Regulations was adopted on 13 July 2000.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – The International Seabed Authority today announced a contribution of US$20,000 to the ISA Voluntary Trust Fund.

ISA Secretary-General, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton, accepted the donation, which was made on behalf of the Government of the People’s Republic of China by His Excellency Mr. Chen Jinghua, Permanent Representative to the ISA and Ambassador to Jamaica.

​On 7 April 2014, a group of 8 young Saudi Arabian Government Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Saudi Royal Court paid a field visit to the headquarters of the International Seabed Authority. The visit was part of a training programme in public international law offered by the Ministry and organized by the London-based public international law firm Volterra Fietta. Staff members of the secretariat gave lectures and presentations on the work of the Authority and the resources of the Area.

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.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (7 October 2015) - - The ISA and the Government of Chile will jointly host a Sensitization Seminar in Santiago from 5-6 November 2015.

The Seminar aims to bring together experts from the international legal and scientific community with national and regional government officials, scientists, researchers and academics to discuss scientific research and marine mineral development.