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

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.


JAMAICA, Kingston (12 May 2016) - - On 10 May 2016, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority received an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese Crusts submitted by the government of the Republic of Korea.   

The area under application is located east of the Northern Mariana Islands and covers a total of 3,000 square kilometres.


JAMAICA, Kingston (8 March 2017) - - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) of the Russian Federation is offering five (5) training places for candidates from developing States, under two separate training programmes, in accordance with its exploration contracts for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts.

Both programmes are divided into 2 parts: (a) theoretical courses; and (b) at-sea training on board research vessels.

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 November 2017) - -  The International Seabed Authority and l’Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER ) have signed an Agreement on the extension of the exploration contract for polymetallic nodules in the Clarion Clipperton Zone. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (9 July 2018) - -  On Monday 9 July 2018,  Mr Andrzej Przybycin of Poland was re-elected Chair of the Authority's Finance Committee for the 24th Session.  Mr Ye Minn Thein of Myanmar was re-elected Vice Chair.

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.