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ISA Technical Study 12: Implementation of Article 82 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is now available online.
 
The Technical Study was prepared by the Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority to provide a summary of the International Workshop on Further Consideration of the Implementation of Article 82 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (the Convention), which was held in Beijing, China, from 26 to 30 November 2012 (Beijing Workshop), in collaboration with the China Institute for Marine Affairs (CIMA).
 

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 23 July 2012 - - The workload of the International Seabed Authority is set to increase dramatically with the approval, by its Council in Kingston this afternoon, of five new plans of work for exploration of marine minerals in the deep oceans.

Approval of the plans brings the number of active exploration contracts issued by the Authority to 17, compared to only eight in 2010.

The action of the 36-member Council followed the recommendations of the Legal and Technical Commission, the Authority’s expert body, in a report presented this morning.

KINGSTON JAMAICA, 17 February 2011 - - A seminar on Prospecting, Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Seabed Mineral Resources in the Area : Challenges for the Caribbean and Opportunities for Collaborationwill be held in Kingston, Jamaica from 28-30 March 2011.

The seminar is being jointly hosted by the International Seabed Authority and the Goverment of Jamaica and will be held in Conference Room 3 of the Jamaica Conference Centre.

The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO)  and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) today launched the Technical Assistance Program for Marine Scientific Research (TAP-MAR) for qualified professionals,

TAP-MAR is being funded by the ISA’s Endowment Fund for selected applicants to participate in a course offered by NIO at its headquarters in Dona Paula, Goa, India with tentative program dates from 25 October – 19 December 2009.

The Council of the International Seabed Authority, meeting in Kingston this morning, adopted a twelve-paragraph decision on the summary report of the Chair of the Legal and Technical Commission which was presented at its 17 July meeting.

Revised from a 32-paragraph document submitted by Brazil on the basis of comments and contributions by members of the Council, the draft decision (ISBA/20/C/L.10) is a streamlined consensus text formulated during informal group consultations on Monday, 21 July.

JAMAICA, Kingston (28 May 2015) - - On Wednesday, 27 May 2015, Her Excellency, Cecilia Jaber presented her credentials to the Secretary-General, as the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the International Seabed Authority.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (29 March 2016) - - The International Seabed Authority and the UK Seabed Resources Limited (UKSRL) have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the eastern part of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone.

The Contract was signed Tuesday, 29 March 2016, in New York, by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton, and Linda Reiners, UKSRL Managing Director, on behalf of the Chief Executive of UKSRL, Peter Ruddock.

JAMAICA, Kingston (29 January 2017) - - The ISA Review Committee will meet in Kingston from Monday 30 January to Friday 3 February 2017 to discuss the status of its review report under Article 154 of UNCLOS.

Article 154 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea requires the Assembly of the Authority, every five years from the entry into force of the Convention, to undertake a general and systemic review of the manner in which the Authority has operated in practice and to recommend measures which will lead to the improvement of its operation.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (7 November 2017) - -  Her Excellency Mrs Inés Fors Fernández, today presented her credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cuba to the International Seabed Authority.
 
Ambassador Fors Fernández is also Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Jamaica.
 
Prior to joining the posting to Jamaica, Ambassador Fors Fernández was Deputy Chief of the Bilateral Affairs Division of the United States of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 

JAMAICA, Kingston (13 June 2018) - - On 12 June 2018, the International Seabed Authority organised a side-event on the margins of the 28th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to present the revised draft of the Strategic Plan for the Authority for the period 2019-2023.

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 November 2018) - - The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority has released the submissions from member States and other stakeholders to the “Draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area” (ISBA/24/LTC/WP.1/Rev.1) together with a Briefing Note (ISBA/2

The Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority will be convening a Sensitization Seminar on Wednesday 16 April 2014, at the Headquarters of the United Nations (Room 2CB), New York.

As the first step in the implementation of the work plan approved by the Council in 2012 to develop a code for exploitation of deep seabed minerals, the Secretariat commissioned a preliminary study to identify the major organizational, fiscal and research priorities that the Authority would need to address over the next three to five years.

Secretary-General Nii Odunton was one of two keynote speakers at the Symposium on Deep Seabed Mining – A Challenging Technological & Resource Potential for the German Economy held on 19 June at the Ministry of Federal Economics in Berlin.

In his opening address, Secretary-General Odunton said he saw Germany as one of the first rank of States that could provide technology for environmentally sound mining of marine mineral resources.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA 8 November 2010 -- The Workshop to Develop an Environmental Management Plan for the Clarion Clipperton Zone gets underway in Kingston on Monday 8 November 2010 and  will be webcast live on the ISA website

The objectives of the workshop are to: