JAMAICA, Kingston (26 July 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.

The training opportunities were first advertised in March 2017 and are being re-advertised with the new training dates scheduled for October/November 2017.

JAMAICA, Kingston (22 May 2018) - - Fifty years ago, the international community took a decision to set aside the resources of the seabed beyond national jurisdiction as the common heritage of mankind and to place its administration in the hands of an international organization to be created for that specific purpose. 

As part of its mandate, the International Seabed Authority has been entrusted with the responsibility to ensure the effective protection and preservation of the marine environment, including the impact on biodiversity.  

JAMAICA, Kingston (2 October 2018) - - His Excellency Dr. Bernd von Münchow – Pohl, today presented his Credentials to Secretary-General Michael Lodge as the Permanent Representative of Germany to the International Seabed Authority.

Prior to being posted to Jamaica, he was Ambassador of Germany to Niger.

Ambassador Dr von Münchow – Pohl has been a member of the Diplomatic Service since 1988 and has served in various functions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During its meeting held 8-12 July in Kingston, the Commission has selected 8 candidates for its Contractor Training Programmes.

At its meeting on 8 July 2013, the Commission appointed a subgroup from its membership to carry out an initial review and appraisal of the applications and to report back to the full Commission.

In selecting candidates, the Commission considered and applied the relative regulations, as well as the principles, policies, guidelines and procedures applicable to the training programmes.

Ambassador Otunba Olatokunboh Kamson presented his credentials as the new Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the International Seabed Authority on 8 August 2012.

Ambassador Kamson has enjoyed a distringuished career in the public and private sectors in Lagos and arrived in Jamaica early July to take up his responsibilities as the High Commissioner of Nigeria to Jamaica.

He succeeds Ambassador Peter Oyedele who left Jamaica in February this year at the end of his tenure of duty.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 8 June 2011 - - Five candidates from ISA member States have been awarded scholarships for Master and Doctorate Degrees under the ISA-Tongji Scholarship Programme at the Tongji University's School of Oceanic and Earth Sciences in China.

The Secretariat presented a review of outstanding issues concerning the draft regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area (ISBA/15/C/WP.2). This 25-paragraph working paper, with three annexes, covers additional background on the outstanding issues with respect to the draft, which the Council had agreed to consider at this session. A revised text of the entire draft regulations (ISBA/15/C/WP.1), harmonized in all official languages, and incorporating the revisions, was also presented to Council.

The Council of the International Seabed Authority meeting in Kingston on Thursday (17 July 2014) afternoon decided, on the recommendations of the Finance Committee, that the Assembly approve a budget for the Authority in the amount of US$ 15,743,143 for the biennium 2015-2016.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (6 May 2015) - - The International Seabed Authority and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR) have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Central Indian Ocean in the presence of Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

The Contract was signed on 6 May 2015, at Berlin, by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton, and the President of BGR, Professor Hans-Joachim Kümpel. 


JAMAICA, Kingston (29 January 2016) - - The first periodic review of the manner in which the international regime for the Area has operated in practice has commenced.  The review is being carried out pursuant to article 154 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Seascape Review Team

JAMAICA, Kingston (3 January 2017) - -  Mr. Michael Lodge began his tenure as the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority on 1 January 2017.  He was elected Secretary-General on 21 July 2016 at the Authority's 22nd Session for a 4-year term.

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 September 2017) - - Mr Lee Young-gyu, chargé d’affaires ad interim of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the International Seabed Authority on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.  

Prior to his appointment, Mr Young-gyu was Counsellor and Consul General at the Korean Embassy in South Africa.

JAMAICA, Kingston (31 May 2018) - - “As one of the institutions created by the Law of the Sea Convention, the International Seabed Authority has a critical role to play in international ocean governance.“

Speaking at the Sixth International Symposium on Scientific and Legal Aspects of the Regimes of the Continental Shelf and the Area in Wuzhen, China, Secretary-General Lodge underscored that as one of the institutions created by the Law of the Sea Convention, the Authority has a critical role to play in international ocean governance.

JAMAICA, Kingston (19 October 2018) - -  The International Seabed Authority, African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will co-host a workshop on Fostering cooperation to promote sustainable development of Africa’s deep seabed resources in support of Africa’s Blue Economy in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire from 22-25 October 2018.

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.