News

28 November 2018

Nairobi, Kenya (ISA News) -- The wealth of marine resources in the oceans and seas surrounding the African Continent has the potential to be a key driver for the development of Africa’s Blue Economy but greater investment and capacity building will be critical to advancing the sustainable development of Africa’s deep seabed resources.

The International Seabed Authority received a contribution of US$20,000.00 to its Voluntary Trust Fund from the Government of the People’s Republic of China on 3 July 2013.

ISA Secretary-General, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton, accepted the donation, which was made on behalf of the Government of the People’s Republic of China by His Excellency Mr. Zheng Qingdian, Permanent Representative to the Authority and Ambassador to Jamaica.  

This is China’s fourth contribution towards the fund bringing the total contributed to the fund to US$80,000.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 17 July 2012 - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority, meeting in Kingston, considered a report prepared by the Secretary-General on the status of national legislation relating to the sponsorship, and conduct of activities in the Area.

The Council had requested the report at last year’s session on the basis of the Advisory Opinion, issued by the Seabed Disputes Tribunal on 1 February 2011, which was discussed at the seventeenth session.

KINGSTON JAMAICA, 20 January 2011 - - InterRidge (IR) a non-profit organisation concerned with promoting all aspects of mid-ocean ridge research (their study, use and protection), today called for proposals for its 2011 Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme in partnership with theInternational Seabed Authority Endowment Fund.

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) recently announced its capacity-building and training programme on dispute settlement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“The Convention”) for 2009-2010.

The programme which runs from 1 July 2009 to 31 March 2010 will offer places for 5 participants to  participate in lectures on current issues of the law of the sea; case studies and training in negotiation, mediation and delimitation of maritime areas and also include study visits to organizations dealing with law of the sea matters.

The challenge of managing the increasing work load of the Authority as it moves towards elaborating exploitation regulations and the need for standardized data on the living resources of the seabed Area were highlighted by Secretary General, Nii Allotey Odunton (Ghana).

JAMAICA, Kingston (12 June 2015)  As part of its training proposal and in line with its contract with the International Seabed Authority for the exploration for polymetallic sulphides, the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR) is offering training opportunities in its 2015-2016 at-sea exploration training programme for six trainees from developing States. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (14 April 2016) - - His Excellency, Mr. Mohammad Ziauddin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, presented his credentials to Secretary-General Nii Allotey Odunton on 13 April 2016 as the new Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the International Seabed Authority.

JAMAICA, Kingston (31 January 2017) - - On 25 January 2017, the Secretary-General of the Authority received an application submitted by the Government of the Republic of Poland for approval of a plan of work for exploration for polymetallic sulphides.

The application area is in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge located between Hayes, Atlantis and Kane transform fault zones and consists of 100 exploration blocks each with an area of 10x10 kilometers.

JAMAICA, Kingston (9 November 2017) - - The Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, today hosted a briefing session for Kingston-based Permanent Representatives to the Authority.

In his brief, Mr Lodge spoke about the Authority’s work in progress following the decisions adopted during the 23rd Session in August.

At the briefing session, the Permanent Representatives were updated on the status of the draft regulations for exploitation for which member States were encouraged to make their submissions before the preferred deadline of 17 November.

JAMAICA, Kingston (10 July 2018) - - In accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides with the International Seabed Authority, the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) of the Government of India, is offering five on-land training places in the field of deep-sea mineral exploration for candidates from developing States.

The eight-week training will be organised by the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) and is tentatively scheduled to begin between December 2018 and January 2019. The programme will focus on the following areas:

Ambassador Maria Teresa Infante, National Director, Division of Frontiers and Limits, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General on Friday, 7 March 2014. She was accompanied by Ambassador  Eduardo Bonilla, Permanent Representative of Chile to the International Seabed Authority.

The ISA Endowment Fund is calling for applications for two training fellowships for qualified scientists from developing countries.

The two successful candidates will be funded to participate in the International Cooperative Study on the Hydrothermal System at Ultraslow Spreading Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) to be carried out by the Second Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration of the Peoples Republic of China.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 21 June 2012 - - The InterRidge/ISA Endowment Fund Fellowship Programme recently awarded fellowships to three students from developing countries.

The three successful applicants are Hanchao Jian - a PhD student at Peking University, Beijing, China; Sanitha Sivadas - a postdoctoral researcher at NIO, India; and Andrew Thaler - a PhD student at Duke University, USA, who will train Freddie Alei, from Papua New Guinea.

The International Seabed Authority  Endowment Fund recently awarded training fellowships to four qualified professionals to participate in a training course offered by the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Goa, India.

The awardees are Suzan El-Gharapawy of Egypt, Wahiebah Hoosain of South Africa, Schery Umanzor of Costa Rica and William Saleu  of Papua New Guinea. 

The Training Program began 17 October and ends 11 December 2010.