On Tuesday, 11 January 2017, Mrs. Taous Achab of the Embassy of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, presented her credentials as the Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority to the Secretary-General, Mr. Michael W. Lodge.

Mrs. Taous Achab joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Algeria in 1976 and was appointed as Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority on 18 September 2016.

GERMANY, Berlin (28 September 2017) - -  Secretary-General Michael Lodge, yesterday addressed participants attending the ISA Workshop on the Design and Monitoring of Impact Reference Zones (IRZ) and Preservation Reference Zones (PRZ) that is being held in Berlin from 27-29 September 2017.
He told participants that the objective of the workshop was to help the ISA develop criteria for the design and monitoring of those zones in the Area. 

He said that the concept of the IRZs and PRZs had been around for a long time.

JAMAICA, Kingston (5 June 2018) - - Global Sea Mineral Resources NV (GSR) is offering two (2) Offshore Internship opportunities to candidates from developing States in accordance with its contracts for exploration for polymetallic nodules signed with the Authority on 14 January 2013. 
The offshore internships will be organised and supervised by GSR and will be for a duration of four to six weeks in the two first quarters of 2019, in the GSR License Area within the Clarion‐Clipperton Zone.

JAMAICA, Kingston (1 November 2018) - - The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea (MOF-ROK) in accordance with the contract for the exploration for polymetallic nodules with the International Seabed Authority, is offering three (3) training places to candidates from developing states under its 2019 training programme:

  • Two (2) At-Sea training places onboard the RV Kilo-Moana, a cruise organized by the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) between March and April 2019.

The International Seabed Authority began its nineteenth session today with the election of its president and the adoption of an extensive agenda which includes consideration and approval of revised regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic nodules.

ISA/INDEEP recently announced five winners of the Endowment Fund Travel Bursary Award to attend the 13th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium in Wellington, New Zealand from 3-7 December 2012.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 1 June 2011 - - Representatives of two member States presented their credentials to the Secretary‐General of the International Seabed Authority in May 2011.

They were Ambassador Zheng Qingdian of the Chinese Embassy and Ambassador Antonio Francisco da Costa e Silva Neto of the Brazilian
Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica.

The International Seabed Authority began its fifteenth session in Kingston this afternoon with the election of the presidents of its two top bodies – the Assembly and Council – and the adoption of their agendas for the annual gathering scheduled to conclude on 5 June.

The new President of the 157-member Assembly, nominated by Chile on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, is Mr Mario José Pino of Argentina. Mr Pino is his country’s ambassador to Jamaica and Permanent Representative to the Authority.

The Council of the International Seabed Authority, at two meetings in Kingston on Friday 18 July, examined procedures for possible extension of exploration contracts and mechanisms for the formulation of regulations for exploitation in the Area, as it continued deliberations on the summary report of the Chair of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) on its February and July sessions.

Also on Friday, the Council adopted amendments to two separate Regulations - Prospecting and Exploration for Polymetallic Sulphides and Prospecting and Exploration for Polymetallic Nodules.

JAMAICA, Kingston (20 May 2015) - - His Excellency, Mr. Dwight Gardiner, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, presented his credentials to the Secretary-General on 18 May 2015 as the Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the International Seabed Authority.

Ambassador Gardiner is an Attorney at Law, a Notary Public, a captain in the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force (Reserve) and a Commissioner of the Port Authority.

JAMAICA, Kingston (8 February 2016) - - The newly appointed Ambassador of China to Jamaica,  His Excellency, NIU Qingbao, presented his credentials to Secretary-General Nii Allotey Odunton of the Authority on Thursday, 4 February 2016, as the new Permanent Representative of China to the International Seabed Authority.


JAMAICA, Kingston (6 February 2017) - - Secretary-General Michael Lodge hosted his first inaugural reception since taking up office at his residence in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday 3 February 2017.

The reception was attended by Permanent Representatives and members of the diplomatic community as well as the members of the Article 154 Review Committee which met in Kingston to prepare its final report from 31 January to 3 February 2017.

JAMAICA, Kingston (13 November 2017) - - Secretary-General Michael Lodge today issued a Call for Nominations for the Secretary-General Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research.

The Award is a first for the International Seabed Authority and is one of seven voluntary commitments made by the Authority at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (2 July 2018) - -   The ISA Legal and Technical Commission today resumed the 2nd part of its 24th Session meetings under the chairmanship of Ms Michelle Walker of Jamaica.

During the two week meeting which began today and ends 13 July 2018, the Commission will continue its consideration of the revised draft exploitation regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area prepared by the Secretariat incorporating the comments made by the Commission during its March 2018 meeting.

President of the ISA Council H.E Mr. Olav Myklebust announced that an open-ended working group will convene in Kingston from 21 to 22 February 2019 to discuss the financial model under consideration, as part of the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area.

Open to all stakeholders and chaired by the Council President, the informal working group of the whole will review the comparative study of alternative models prepared by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to be completed by the end of December 2018.

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