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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.

COMRA Training

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.

JAMAICA, Kingston (24 August 2016) - -  Her Excellency, Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith, presented her credentials  to the Secretary-General on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 as the new Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the International Seabed Authority.

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 June 2017) - - Twenty-seven technical, legal and scientific experts representing sixteen Exploration Contractors began a two-day workshop today, hosted by the International Seabed Authority in Kingston.

The workshop was convened to inform contractors of the progress of the Authority's data management strategy, review its structure, enlist assistance to fill in gaps in data coverage and encourage discussion and feedback. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 April 2018)  - - JSC Yuzhmorgeologiya  is offering six places for candidates from developing States under its 2018 contractor training programme.

The training programme will be broken down into two parts as follows:

Part 1: All six trainees will participate in a theoretical course at St. Petersburg State University (SPSU) for approximately 2 weeks during the period October-November 2018.

JAMAICA, Kingston (3 October 2018) - - His Excellency Mr. Francisco Javier Bernales, today presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of Chile to the International Seabed Authority.

Ambassador Bernales is also Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Chile to Jamaica.

A career diplomat with over twenty years of bilateral and consular experience,  Ambassador Bernales has served in Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

The Council of the ISA, at its final meeting of the 19th Session, this morning recommended the adoption by the Assembly of a draft decision to institute a fixed overhead charge of $47,000 to be payable annually by contractors to cover the administration and supervision of contracts and review of their annual reports by the Authority.

HE Mr. Paolo Serpi, presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of Italy to the International Seabed Authority, to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority on 14 November 2012.

Ambassador Serpi has enjoyed a distinguished diplomatic career beginning in 1983 when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Italy. He has served his country with many overseas postings which included assignments to Europe, Central Asia, the USA and South America. 

He holds a Degree in Law from the University of Rome. 

The International Seabed Authority began its seventeenth session today with an extensive agenda which includes finalization of a regime for prospecting and exploration for cobalt-rich crusts in the deep seabed Area and action on pending applications for exploratory contracts.

Scientific experts began a 3-day final review meeting at ISA Headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica from 7-9 September to review the Geological Model of polymetallic nodule deposit formation in the Clarion Clipperton Region.