JAMAICA, Kingston (29 April 2015) -- His Excellency, Mr. Guy Sevrin, Ambassador of Belgium, presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of Belgium  to the International Seabed Authority, to the Secretary-General of the Authority, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton on Tuesday 28 April 2015. 

Ambassador Sevrin commenced his diplomatic career in 1991 and has spent most of his postings in Europe and  Africa.  This will be his first posting to the Caribbean.

Ambassador Sevrin holds a master’s degree in Germanic Philology. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (14 November 2015) - - ISA continues its call for applications from candidates from developing countries to attend various ISA Contractor training programmes.The training programmes are pursuant to the terms of the contracts for exploration between the contractors and the International Seabed Authority.  

Member States are encouraged to ensure applications are received at the ISA by the cut-off dates for the following programmes:

JAMAICA, Kingston (18 November 2016) - -  The French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) is offering two (2) internships for candidates from developing States in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with the International Seabed Authority. 

The two-month long internships will take place at Ifremer's deep­sea ecosystems studies laboratory in Brest (from mid-May to mid-July 2017).

The specific objectives and activities of the two internships are as follows:

IfremerTraining 2016

JAMAICA, Kingston (25 August 2017) - - The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority has made available a document entitled “Draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area” (ISBA/23/LTC/CRP.3*) for comment by stakeholders, together with a list of questions contained in document ISBA/23/C/12.

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 May 2018) - -  The International Seabed Authority (ISA) and the China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) are co-hosting a workshop on the Development of a Regional Environmental Management Plan (REMP) for the Cobalt-Rich Ferromanganese Crusts in the northwest Pacific Ocean in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, from 26 to 29 May 2018.

JAMAICA, Kingston (8 October 2018) - - Technical, legal and scientific experts representing ISA exploration contractors will meet in Warsaw, Poland to begin a 2-day consultative meeting from 15-16 October 2018.

New applications for exploration licences,  development of an appropriate exploitation regime and challenges posed by effective management of contracts for exploration in the Area are among issues to be dealt with at this year's ISA 19th Session in Kingston from July 15-26.

The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority concluded its 18th Session after approving the Regulations on cobalt-rich crusts, electing Mr. Nii Odunton as Secretary-General for a second four-year term and adopting the budget and a scale of assessment for the 2013-14 financial period.

KINGSTON JAMAICA, 18 May 2011 - - The International Seabed Authority will hold elections for its Finance Committee during its 17th Session in July.

Nominations have been received from 15 countries as follows:

The International Seabed Authority will attempt to resolve all outstanding issues in the draft regulatory regimes for prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in the deep seabed with the aim of adopting the texts at its fifteenth session in Kingston, Jamaica from 25 May to 5 June 2009.

Seven new applications for approval of plans of work for exploration in the international Seabed Area were approved this morning by the Council of the International Seabed Authority as it nears conclusion of its work of the twentieth session in Kingston.

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 May 2015) - - On Wednesday, 20 May 2015, His Excellency, Mr. Masanori Nakano, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Jamaica, presented his credentials to the Secretary-General, as the Permanent Representative of Japan to the Authority.

Ambassador Nakano began his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs serving  in various divisions, and on several bureaus in the Ministry.  In September 2008 he was appointed Director, Foreign Affairs Division, International Affairs Department, House of Representatives. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (12 February 2016) - -  The Institut français de Recherche pour I’Exploitation de le Mer (Ifremer) is offering five (5) internships for candidates from developing States to participate in a 5-day taxonomy workshop that will be held in Brest, France, from 27 June to the 1 July 2016 as part of the yearly summer schools organized by LabexMER.


JAMAICA, Kingston (20 January 2017) - - In an effort to better communicate with members and contractors of the Authority, Secretary-General Michael W Lodge recently announced the first phase of organizational changes at the Secretariat.

These are:

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 October 2017) - - On the 15th October 2017, the ISA delegation arrived in Warsaw for a series of official meetings and discussions with the Polish Minister Mariusz Orion Jędrysek and the Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM) in Szczecin.

At the Ministry of Environment, talks with Minister Jędrysek focused on the next steps to be taken following the approval by the Council in July 2017, of a Plan of Work for exploration for polymetallic sulphides submitted by the Minister of Environment and the exchange of contracts.