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JAMAICA, Kingston (1 March 2018) - -  On Monday 26 February 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority presented its Draft Strategic Plan for the period 2019-2023 on the organisation’s website, in English and French, the two working languages of the Authority.  

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JAMAICA, Kingston (17 July 2018) - - The China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) and the International Seabed Authority (ISA), today, co-hosted a side event on the First Steps in Developing and Implementing Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs) in the North Pacific and North Atlantic.

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An ISA-funded workshop held in Vancouver in May 2011 has resulted in a study titled Seamount benthos in a cobalt-rich crust region of the central Pacific: conservation challenges for future seabed mining.

The paper authored by  scientists Thomas A. Schlacher, Amy R. Baco, Ashley A. Rowden, Timothy D. O’Hara, Malcolm R. Clark, Chris Kelley and John F. Dower conclude that several implications for the design of spatial management and conservation tools with respect to mining are :

On 8 February 2013, the International Seabed Authority received an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Area from UK Seabed Resources Ltd., a private company. The application is sponsored by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
 

The International Seabed Authority and Tonga Offshore Mining Limited (TOML) today signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules in an area covering 74,153 km2 in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone of the Pacific Ocean. This marine area beyond the limits of national jurisdiction is one of a number of reserved areas earmarked for developing countries such as the Kingdom of Tonga and was ceded by ISA contractors from Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea and France.

In its meetings on Friday, the ISA Assembly continued  deliberations on a range of issues including the need for the adoption of the draft regulations on polymetallic sulphides, the promotino of training of scientists from developing countries through the Authority's Endowment Fund and the need for more technical workshops and regional sensitization seminars.

In the Council meetings, discussions continued on possible changes in the procedure for electing members of its expert body - the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC).

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  • 16-20 April 2007 - International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) conference in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 4-8 June 2007 – States Parties (New York)
  • 02-06 July 2007 - LTC (Kingston, Jamaica)
  • 09-20 July 2007- ISA 13th Session (Kingston, Jamaica)
  • 11 September 2007 - UNGA (New York)

JAMAICA, Kingston (February 2, 2015)  The International Seabed Authority and Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd. have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules.‎

The contract was signed in Kingston, Jamaica on 15 January 2015 by the Secretary-General of the Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and on 22 January 2015 in Singapore by the Director of Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd., Ye Kung Ong (pictured).

JAMAICA, Kingston (7 August 2015) - - On 5 August 2015 His Excellency, Mr. Alexis Eduardo Sandoval Cajar presented his credentials to Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton, Secretary-General of the Authority, as the new Permanent Representative of Panama to the Authority.  

Ambassador Sandoval Cajar is an agronomist by profession and commenced his career as an Evaluator of Environment Impact at the Maritime Authority of Panama, and then moved on to the Public Ministry as an Environmental Expert. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (19 July 2016) - - Commercialization of marine minerals in areas beyond national jurisdictions were well within reach and could be attained in the foreseeable future, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton (Ghana), said at the twenty-second session of the Authority in Kingston this morning.

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NEW YORK (8 June 2017) - - The ISA today,  co-organized a Side Event the government of Mexico, the Kingdom of Tonga and UN-DESA with support from Tonga Mineral Resources Ltd and Nautilus  during the Ocean Conference.

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

JAMAICA, Kingston (2 August 2018) - - The International Seabed Authority, Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM) and the Ministry of the Environment in Poland are jointly organizing a workshop on Processing Technologies, Metal Recoveries & Economic Feasibility of Deep Sea Mining at the Ministry of Environment in Warsaw, Poland 3-6 September, 2018.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 29 August 2013 - - The Interridge/ISA Endowment Fund Fellowship Programme recently awarded fellowships to two students from developing countries.

The two successful applicants are Mr. Xinxu Zhang(China) and Mr. R. Rajasabapathy of India.

The International Seabed Authority and G-TEC Sea Mineral Resources NV (GSR) of Belgium signed a 15-year contract for prospecting and exploration for polymetallic nodules on 14 January 2013.The contract was signed by the Secretary-General of the Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and the Managing Director of GSR, Jacques Paynjon. Under the contract, GSR will have exclusive rights for exploration for polymetallic nodules over 76,728 square kilometres of the seabed in the eastern part of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone of the Central Pacific Ocean.