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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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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.

JAMAICA, Kingston (15 July 2015) - - The International Seabed Authority began its twenty-first annual session in Kingston, Jamaica, yesterday, 14 July, with its two major organs – the supreme body, the Assembly, and the decision-making Council – electing their presidents and adopting their indicative work programme for the next ten days.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (8 June 2016) - - On Wednesday, 8 June 2016, Ambassador Vladimir Vinokurov  presented his credentials to Secretary-General Nii Allotey Odunton of the Authority as the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Authority.

Joining the diplomatic service in 1981, Ambassador Vinokurov has travelled widely on diplomatic postings within Russia and beyond.  His most recent posting in 2013 was as Consul General of Russia in San Francisco. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (17 March 2017) - - Secretary-General Michael Lodge attended two meetings recently in Tokyo, Japan. He was keynote speaker at the EcoDeep - SIP Workshop (14-15 March) and speaker at the Ocean Mining Industry Promotion Round Table Meeting (15 March).

He spoke about the activities of the International Seabed Authority; its mandate for regulating and managing deep seabed mining; the current status of exploration activities, and current efforts relating to environmental regulation of activities in the Area.

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.

Two ISA Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) meetings have been scheduled to be held in Kingston in 2014.

The first session of the ISA LTC meetings will be held in Kingston from 3-14 February and the second session will take place during the Authority's 20th Session from 7-25 July.