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The Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), Mr. Michael W. Lodge today formally launched the Annual Report of the Secretary-General 2020. This report, which is a requirement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), is presented in a new format aimed at providing ISA Members and the wider ISA community with a comprehensive overview of the scope and extent of the progress achieved in implementing the mandate of ISA over the past year.

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The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is inviting proposals for a consultancy to undertake a study on the scope, purpose and administration of a global fund from the financial payments from deep seabed mining in the international seabed area (the Area).

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The International Seabed Authority (ISA) wishes to extend its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain who passed away on 1 September 2020.

Dr. Cicin-Sain was a driving force in the ocean community and a role model to many, especially women working in ocean matters.

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The International Seabed Authority (ISA) today announced that the second part of the 26th session of ISA, which was rescheduled to take place in October 2020, has been further postponed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is pleased to announce the release of its most recent publication listed below issued between June and August 2020.

Kindly note that some publications will only be available in digital format on ISA’s website.

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The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is inviting comments from stakeholders on the first set of draft standards and guidelines to support the implementation of the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the international seabed area (the Area).

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The 26th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Legal and Technical Commission (LTC), closed today, after 4-weeks of online meetings held remotely for the first time from 6 to 31 July 2020.

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The International Seabed Authority (ISA), in collaboration with the China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA), and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, will convene a  workshop on Marine Scientific Research in the Area, via an online platform from 15 to 17 December 2020.

The workshop aims to:

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The International Seabed Authority (ISA) will convene a 5-day workshop on the ISA DeepData database focusing on data management strategy from 21 to 25 September 2020, via an online platform. The workshop will be conducted in three parts:

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Workshop on the development of a Regional Environmental Management Plan for the Area of the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

23 November – 4 December 2020

Virtual Workshop

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Call for nomination of experts and submission of scientific information to support workshop objectives

26 October - 6 November 2020

Virtual Workshop

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The International Seabed Authority (ISA), in collaboration with the National Marine Institute of the Republic of Korea (MABIK), will convene a virtual workshop on ‘Deep Sea Taxonomic Standardization: Strategic Approaches for Collaboration,’ via the WebEx online platform from 15 to 16 September 2020. 

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The second part of the 26th Session of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) and the Finance Committee of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) opened online today. This is the first time ever, that the expert members of the technical bodies have met remotely.

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The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) is pleased to announce that a series of virtual workshops will be organized for ISA members, as well as observers, contractors, relevant international and regional organizations, academic institutions, and scientific groups before the end of 2020.

These workshops will be organized in collaboration with relevant members of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) and various partner organizations to:

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The International Seabed Authority (ISA) today announced that all activities for the rest of 2020, under the Endowment Fund for Marine Scientific Research in the international seabed area (the Area) will be postponed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, no new applications will be reviewed during 2020.

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