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KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 17 July 2012 - - The International Seabed Authority began its eighteenth session in Kingston with an extensive agenda that includes finalization of a regime for prospecting and exploration for  cobalt-rich crusts in the deep seabed Area, elections to fill vacancies in the Council, and the election of the Secretary-General.

The policy-making Assembly and executive Council adopted their agendas and elected their Presidents and Vice Presidents for the session scheduled to conclude on 27 July. 

KINGSTON JAMAICA, 10 January 2011 - - The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation submitted an application to the International Seabed Authority for approval of a plan of work for exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area.

The general location of the application area is on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

A sensitization seminar on the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the work of the Authority and on marine mineral resources of the South  Atlantic Ocean, will be convened jointly by the ISA and the Nigerian Inter ministerial Standing Committee in Abuja, Nigeria between 24 and 26 March 2009.

The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority resumed discussion on the report of the Secretary-General Nii Allotey Odunton (Ghana) in the afternoon (23 Julyu) which covered the work of the Authority during the period from July 2013 to June 2014.

JAMAICA, Kingston (24 June 2015)  - - As part of on-going stakeholder consultation, the International Seabed Authority (ISA), in partnership with the Centre for International  Law (CIL)  of the National  University  of Singapore,  held  a  workshop  on  mineral exploitation in the Area in Singapore on 16-17 June 2015. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 April 2016) - - Interested students from developing countries with a first degree or above, interested in oceans law and policy are invited to apply for a scholarship to either attend the two-week 2016 Xiamen Summer Program at the Marco Polo - Zheng He Academy of International Oceans Law and Policy in Xiamen University or the two-week 2016 Dalian Summer Session at the Dalian Maritime University, in China.

The Xiamen Summer Program will be held 4-15 July in Xiamen and the Dalian Session will be held 18-29 July in Dalian.

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 (5 January 2018) - - The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea (MOF-ROK), L'Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer ( IFREMER), Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM) and China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) are offering places for candidates from developing States under their 2018 contractor training programmes.

ISA member States are encouraged to nominate qualified candidates who must be from developing countries.

JAMAICA, Kingston (13 July 2018) - - Two of the Authority's organs, the Legal and Technical Commission and the Finance Committee held an informal joint meeting for the first time today during the 24th Session.

Members discussed the respective roles and responsibilities of the Commission and the Committee in the regulatory development, the development process of a payment mechanism and financial terms for exploitation, the rules, regulations and procedures on equitable sharing of financial and economic benefits derived from activities in the Area, and the way forward.

The International Seabed Authority today launched a Stakeholder Survey Questionnaire aimed at soliciting relevant information for the development of a regulatory framework for the exploitation of minerals in the Area from members of the Authority and current and future stakeholders.
 

The International Seabed Authority is calling for nominations for six short-term training opportunities in 2013-2014 for suitable candidates from developing States provided by two ISA Contractors.

The ISA training programme is pursuant to the terms of contract for exploration for polymetallic sulphides between COMRA and the Authority and the terms of contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules between Tonga Offshore Mining Limited and the Authority,

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 5 June 2012 - - The Authority has received five new applications for seabed exploration licences; filed in respect of areas located in the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

Speaking at the 22st Meeting of the States Parties to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in New York, Mr. Nii A. Odunton, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority said two of the applications were for exploration for polymetallic sulphides and three were for polymetallic nodules.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA 15th June 2010 -- The International Seabed Authority will be holding an International Workshop to Develop an Environmental Management Plan for the Clarion Clipperton Zone in Kingston, Jamaica, from 8-12 November, 2010. 

Consultants will create a proposal outlining an Environmental Management Plan for presentation  at the workshop. The proposal will take into consideration how the nine areas of particular environmental interest identified in documents ISBA/14/LTC/2 and ISBA/15/LTC/4 relate to areas explored by contractors and future mining activities.

The International Seabed Authority will elect a new Secretary-General and half of its Executive Council and also continue work on a regulatory regime for sulphides and cobalt-rich crusts at its fourteenth session in Kingston, Jamaica, from 26 May to 6 June 2008.

The Authority will also adopt the budget for the biennium 2009-2010 as well as a scale of assessment for contributions to it and consider a report of the outgoing Secretary-General, among other substantive matters. 

Ambassador Joachim Christoph Schmillen of the Federal Republic of Germany presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority as the new Permanent Representative  to the Authority on 19 August 2014.

Prior to taking up his position as ambassador of Germany to Jamaica, Ambassador Schmillen held many important assignments, both in the diplomatic service as well as in the military service in his home country.  In 2003 he was posted to Chile as Germany’s ambassador and then went on to occupy positions in Nigeria and Peru.