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The ISA Legal and Technical Commission began its week-long meeting on Monday 4 February 2013.

Members of the Commission will consider the annual reports of contractors, consider draft recommendations for the guidance of contractors for the assessment of possible environmental impacts arising from exploration for marine minerals in the Area, and also consider draft recommendations for the guidance of contractors relating to the implementation of training obligations.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 4 October 2011 - The International Seabed Authority in collaboration with the Government of Fiji and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) SOPAC Division is organising an International Workshop on Environmental Management Needs for Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Sea Minerals, to be held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort in Nadi, Fiji Islands from 29 November to 2 December 2011.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA - In his first address to the General Assembly since being elected ISA Secretary-General, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton spoke about matters relating to Oceans and the Law of the Sea . He said he felt extremely privileged to have been invested with the responsibility for guiding the work of the Authority over the next four years.

Agenda Items Includes Election of Nearly Half its Executive Council, Drafting of Marine Minerals Mining Code and Consideration of Applications for Seabed Exploration Contracts

The Jamaica-based International Seabed Authority will commemorate its twentieth anniversary, elect nearly half its executive Council and begin elaboration of a mining code for deep seabed polymetallic nodules in the Area beyond national jurisdiction when it convenes for its annual session in Kingston from 14 to 25 July 2014.

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.

In the wake of renewed interest in potential commercial exploitation for deep seabed minerals, the Council of the International Seabed Authority reviewed a summary Secretariat note from a technical report that provided a framework for polymetallic nodule exploitation in the Area.

The International Seabed Authority and Russia signed a 15-year contract for prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides located in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday 29 October 2012.

The contract was signed by the Secretary-General of the Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Denis Khramov.

The Authority has previously signed contracts with  eleven entities since the nodule regulations were adopted on 13 July 2000.

Full release from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation
 

Applications for Exploration Contracts; Historic Advisory Opinion 
on the Responsibilities and Obligations of Sponsoring States 
among Substantive Issues in Crowded Agenda of 
Seabed Authority 17th Session

Other topics include finalization of regulations for exploration of 
cobalt-rich crusts in Area; and election of members of two bodies

The ISA Endowment Fund has awarded Ms Alejandra Mariana Rocha of Argentina, Mr Olubunmi Nubi of Nigeria and Mr Niroshana Wickramaarachchi of Sri Lanka, fellowships under its Technical Assistance Program-Marine Scientific Research (TAP-MAR) to participate in a course being offered by the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Goa, India. 

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.