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.

JAMAICA, Kingston (February 16, 2015)  -  The Legal & Technical Commission (LTC) of the International Seabed Authority commenced its first 2-week session of meetings in Kingston today.


JAMAICA, Kingston, (14 September 2015) - - ISA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from qualified consultants or firms to conduct a general and systematic review of the manner in which the international regime of the Area has operated in practice.

Pursuant to Article 154 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the review will be carried out under the oversight of a Review Committee who will appoint consultants based on a qualified short list prepared by the ISA Secretary-General.

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 July 2016) - - Mr. Michael W. Lodge of the United Kingdom was today elected, by consensus, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority at its 22nd Session in Kingston. He has since 2011 been deputy to the Secretary-General of the Authority and its Legal Counsel since 2007. 

He succeeds Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton of Ghana, who has been Secretary-General since 2009. The President of the Assembly, Rear Admiral Md Khurshed Alam (Rtd) (Bangladesh), presided over the elections in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Authority.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (10 June 2017) - -  In a bid to encourage the dissemination of marine scientific research through one of its Voluntary Commitments, the ISA is promoting its Secretary-General Award for Deep Sea Research Excellence. 

This initiative is one of seven Voluntary Commitments that the ISA has announced at the opening of the UN Ocean Conference, and is designed to support and actively promote the work of promising young experts from developing countries. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (5 April 2018) - -  His Excellency Mr.  TIAN Qi, today presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the International Seabed Authority.

He is also Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Jamaica.

Prior to being posted to Jamaica, he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Yemen.

The International Seabed Authority expresses its deep sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the United Nations community and the people and Government of Ghana for the passing of H.E. Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, on 18 August 2018. 

The International Seabed Authority extends its condolences to the family of Mr. Annan.

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The International Seabed Authority reached a milestone in its administration of the mineral resources of the deep seabed Area with the approval of exploration plans for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts by Chinese and Japanese entities as it concluded its nineteenth session a day earlier in Kingston (15-25 July).

H.E. Mr Jorge Enrique Constantino Gonzalez presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of Panama to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority on Thursday 6 December 2012.

Ambassador Constantino’s  diplomatic career began in 1971 when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Panama.   He has travelled widely representing his country in various diplomatic positions over the past three decades. 

He arrived in Jamaica in April 2012 to take up his appointment as Ambassador of Panama to Jamaica.


The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority ended its seventeenth session in Kingston today after adopting a series of decisions this morning. The legislative arm of the Authority agreed:

The workshop on the finalization of the Geological Model of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone is scheduled for 14-17 December at the Authority's headquarters in Kingston.

Experts from academic institutions, public and private enterprises, contractors and member states are expected to attend.

The Geological Model will provide scientific information to prospectors on possible indicators for exploration of potential areas for polymetallic nodules in the future and assist in understanding nodule occurrences and distribution.

Conference Room Papers CRP1 and CRP2 have been prepared by the Secretariat to facilitate the forthcoming election of one-half of the members of the Council for the period 2015 to 2018.

In accordance with the Convention and the decisions of the Assembly, the terms of office of 17 of the members of the Council will end on 31 December 2014.  The vacancies in each of the 5 groups in the Council are as follows.

JAMAICA, Kingston  (18 March 2015) - -  African States were encouraged to make all possible efforts to overcome constraints to participate in the sessions of the Authority to ensure the voices of Africa were properly heard and interests properly safeguarded and promoted. 


JAMAICA, Kingston (6 November 2015) - - Nauru Ocean Resources Inc. (NORI) is offering two training places for candidates from developing States to attend an Environmental Planning Workshop in Gent, Belgium held by NORI on 11 and 12 December 2015. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 October 2016) - - Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) is offering one (1) at-sea training place for candidates of developing states in accordance with its contract for polymetallic sulphides exploration with the International Seabed Authority. The at-sea training will take place on-board one of Ifremer’s research vessel for a duration of approximately two months.

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