JAMAICA, Kingston (3 December 2016) - -  The Authority has received 43 submissions of comments from stakeholders on its working draft Regulations and Standard Contract Terms on Exploitation for Mineral Resources in the Area. Among them, eight were submitted by governments (seven members and one observer), ten by Contractors, one by an international organization and nineteen by non-governmental organizations and institutions. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (28 August 2017) - -  The ISA will host a workshop on the design of impact reference zones (IRZ) and preservation reference zones (PRZ) in the Area. The workshop will be held in Germany from 27-29 September 2017.

JAMAICA, Kingston (30 May 2018) - - The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority has released the advance and unedited text (English only) of the Draft Regulations on Exploitation of Mineral Resources in the Area (ISBA/24/LTC/WP.1).

JAMAICA, Kingston (9 October 2018) - -  The  International Seabed Authority and the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and strengthen their cooperation in matters of common interest to bring about better coordination and effective implementation of their respective objectives.

The MoU was signed by Secretary-General Michael Lodge of the Authority and Secretary-General Kennedy Gastorn of AALCO in Tokyo, Japan during the Annual Session of AALCO (8-12 October, 2018).

A new and significant development in the work of the International Seabed Authority was reached in Kingston this morning when the Authority’s Council decided to approve the plans of work for exploration of cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts submitted by two corporations sponsored by China and Japan.

H.E. Mrs Godelieve Van den Bergh, presented her credentials to the International Seabed Authority, to the International Seabed Authority on 10 October 2012.

Ambassador Van den Bergh commenced her career in 1980 with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belgium.  She has represented Belgium with many international postings to Europe, North America, South America and the far east. She holds a Masters degree in Law from the Catholic University, Louvain (KUL).  

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 16 June 2011 - - The Interridge/ISA Endowment Fund Fellowship Programme recently awarded fellowships to three students from developing countries.

The three successful applicants are Mr. Girish Beedessee (Mauritius), Mr. Srinivas Rao (India) and Mr. Sabyasachi Sautya of India.

At the recent 19th Meeting of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Secretary-General of the Seabed Authority, Nii A Odunton reported on the important elements of the work of the Authority over the past months.

Mr Odunton outlined the outcomes of the Authority's 15th Session and reported on three main activities:

The International Seabed Authority, celebrating twenty years in existence, began its annual session this morning at Kingston, with its two major organs - the Assembly and the Council - electing their presidents and approving their indicative work programme for the next ten days.

JAMAICA, Kingston (22 May 2015) - -The International Seabed Authority is inviting Member States, Permanent Missions and Observers to the United Nations to an Open Briefing on Friday 29 May 2015.

The Open Briefing will be held in Conference Room 11, United Nations Headquarters, New York from 1:15 - 3:15pm.


JAMAICA, Kingston (8 March 2016) - - On 3 March 2016, the ISA Legal and Technical Commission selected first-ranked and alternate candidates for the Global Sea Mineral Resources NV (GSR), China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) training programmes. 
In the event that any of the first-ranked candidates do not accept the training offer or is unable to take part at short notice, the alternates will be contacted in the order  of ranking.


JAMAICA, Kingston (25 January 2017) - - The International Seabed Authority today issued a Discussion Paper to advance stakeholder discussion in connection with the development and drafting of Regulations on Exploitation for Mineral Resources in the Area (Environmental Matters) – so-named “Environmental Regulations”.

JAMAICA, Kingston (6 November 2017) - -  HE Hiromasa Yamazaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan, today  presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Seabed Authority.
Ambassador Yamazaki is also Ambassador to Jamaica and non-Resident Ambassador to Belize.

JAMAICA, Kingston (11 June 2018) - -  Secretary-General Michael Lodge highlighted three major ongoing developments in the work of the Authority while speaking at the 28th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in New York today.

These critical elements were the Strategic Plan of the Authority, the development of the Mining Code and the process to develop Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs) in the Area.

Sustainable Blue Economy Conference
Nairobi, Kenya 26-28 November 2018

(23 November 2018)
How can the sustainable development of deep seabed minerals contribute to the Blue Economy and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda? What can be done to ensure the protection and preservation of the marine environment as well as equitable sharing of financial and economic benefits derived from activities in the international seabed area?