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The Information Note and the Provisional Schedule of Meetings for the International Seabed Authority's 19th Session is now available online.

The Information Note is prepared to facilitate the work of the Authority at its forthcoming session from 8-26 July 2013. 

The International Seabed Authority will host a sensitization seminar on its work and current issues relating to deep seabed mining in New York on 16 February 2012.

The seminar will be held in Room 3, NLB, United Nations Headquarters from 10am-6pm.

A framework for the future development of mineral resources of the deep seabed was realised at the 16th Session of the ISA with the approval of Regulations to govern prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area.

It took six years of debate and compromise in the Council and culminated in its unanimous adoption by the members of the Authority marking a milestone in the progressive development of a comprehensive set of rules, regulations and procedures to govern prospecting, exploration and exploitation of marine minerals.

A Workshop on Polymetallic Nodule Mining Technology - Current Status and Challenges Ahead will be held in India from 18-22 February 2008.

The workshop is jointly organised by the International Seabed Authority and the Ministry of Earth Sciences in India and will be held at the National Insitute of Ocean Technology in Chennai.

More details on the workshop will be uploaded as they come to hand.

The International Seabed Authority and the Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (Ifremer) have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic sulphides. 

The contract was signed in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France on 18 November 2014 by the Secretary-General of the Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and the President-Managing Director of Ifremer, François Jacq.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (21 July 2015) - - ISA Secretary-General Nii A Odunton today presented his annual report (ISBA/21/A/2) on the work of the Authority for the period 2014-2015  at the Assembly's 151st meeting in Kingston.

Secretary-General Odunton thanked the host country Jamaica, for the on-going support it continued to extend to the Authority to carry out its work.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (14 July 2016) - - The International Seabed Authority and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) today signed an Agreement of Cooperation in Kingston.

The purpose of the agreement is to specify the scope of cooperation between the IHO and the Authority where both organizations will consult each other on matters of common interest with a view to ensuring maximum coordination of their work and activities and promoting or enhancing a better understanding in the collection and exchange of standardized data and information.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (02 May 2017) - - The workshop on Marine Mineral Resources of Africa’s Continental Shelf and Adjacent International Seabed Area – Prospects for Sustainable Development of Africa’s Maritime Domain, in support of Africa’s Blue Economy is being held in Kampala, Uganda from 2 to 4 May 2017.

JAMAICA, Kingston (13 March 2018) - - The International Seabed Authority Draft Strategic Plan for 2019-2023 is now available for written comments by members of the Authority and all stakeholders.

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 July 2018) - -  Professor Mariusz-Orion Jędrysek of Poland was elected President of the International Seabed Authority Assembly for the 24th Session.  He succeeds Mr Eugénio Muianga of Mozambique.

Mr Jędrysek is Secretary of State and Chief National Geologist and Deputy Minister of Environment of Poland.  He is also Government Plenipotentiary, National Mineral Policy of Poland and member of Sejm, Parliament Lower Chamber.

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, 12 November 2013 - - The Sensitization Seminar on Mexico's Opportunities for Deep Seabed Mining was convened yesterday in Mexico City.

The two-day Seminar which ends today is aimed at increasing public awareness of the nature of mineral resources in marine areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction (“the Area”).

H.E. Mr. Eduardo Bonilla presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of Chile to the Secretary-General of the Authority, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton on Tuesday, 5th March 2013.

Ambassador Bonilla commenced his career in the Foreign Service in Chile in 1974.  He held many positions within the Ministry, some of which were Chief of Cabinet General Economic Affairs Division, Deputy Director of Human Resources, Director of Consular Services and Director of Diaspora.  His overseas assignments included postings in South America, Europe and the United States.

Two applications sponsored by China and the Russian Federation were the first to have been made under the Authority's regulations on polymetallic sulphides that was adopted in 2010.

The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority yesterday elected Bangladesh (Asian Group), Uganda (African Group), Czech Republic (Eastern European Group) and Trinidad and Tobago (Group of Latin American and Caribbean States) as its Vice-Presidents for 2010.

Also elected to the Credentials Committee were the representatives of Australia, China, Haiti, Namibia, Russian Federation, Senegal, Spain, Suriname and Viet Nam.

The Assembly continues with its debate this morning on the report of the Secretary-General and the work of the Authority.

On 14 June 2014, Mr. Liu Cigui, Administrator of the State Oceanic Administration of the People’s Republic of China, visited the headquarters of the International Seabed Authority.

He was accompanied by a five member delegation from China and Ambassador Dong Xiaojun, Permanent Representative of China to the International Seabed Authority in Kingston. Mr. Liu Cigui, met with Mr. Michael Lodge, Deputy to the Secretary-General to exchange views of mutual interest.