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H.E. Mr. Yasuo Takase presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of Japan to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority on Wednesday 5 December 2012.
H.E. Mr Jorge Enrique Constantino Gonzalez presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of Panama to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority on Thursday 6 December 2012.
Ambassador Constantino’s diplomatic career began in 1971 when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Panama. He has travelled widely representing his country in various diplomatic positions over the past three decades.
He arrived in Jamaica in April 2012 to take up his appointment as Ambassador of Panama to Jamaica.
HE Mr. Paolo Serpi, presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of Italy to the International Seabed Authority, to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority on 14 November 2012.
Ambassador Serpi has enjoyed a distinguished diplomatic career beginning in 1983 when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Italy. He has served his country with many overseas postings which included assignments to Europe, Central Asia, the USA and South America.
He holds a Degree in Law from the University of Rome.
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
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, 31 August 2012 - - The International Seabed Authority has received two new applications for seabed exploration licences.
The two new applications have been filed in respect of areas located in the West Pacific Ocean and are for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts.
The application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in the Area from China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) was received 27 July 2012.
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.
ISA/INDEEP recently announced five winners of the Endowment Fund Travel Bursary Award to attend the 13th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium in Wellington, New Zealand from 3-7 December 2012.
The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority concluded its 18th Session after approving the Regulations on cobalt-rich crusts, electing Mr. Nii Odunton as Secretary-General for a second four-year term and adopting the budget and a scale of assessment for the 2013-14 financial period.
KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 24 July 2012 - - Thirty years ago, in Montego Bay, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) opened for signature. Today, in Kingston, the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority met in a special session to commemorate that milestone event, and pay tribute to those who worked for the successful adoption of UNCLOS.
KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 23 July 2012 - - The workload of the International Seabed Authority is set to increase dramatically with the approval, by its Council in Kingston this afternoon, of five new plans of work for exploration of marine minerals in the deep oceans.
Approval of the plans brings the number of active exploration contracts issued by the Authority to 17, compared to only eight in 2010.
The action of the 36-member Council followed the recommendations of the Legal and Technical Commission, the Authority’s expert body, in a report presented this morning.
KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 17 July 2012 - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority, meeting in Kingston, considered a report prepared by the Secretary-General on the status of national legislation relating to the sponsorship, and conduct of activities in the Area.
The Council had requested the report at last year’s session on the basis of the Advisory Opinion, issued by the Seabed Disputes Tribunal on 1 February 2011, which was discussed at the seventeenth session.
KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 17 July 2012 - - The International Seabed Authority began its eighteenth session in Kingston with an extensive agenda that includes finalization of a regime for prospecting and exploration for cobalt-rich crusts in the deep seabed Area, elections to fill vacancies in the Council, and the election of the Secretary-General.
The policy-making Assembly and executive Council adopted their agendas and elected their Presidents and Vice Presidents for the session scheduled to conclude on 27 July.
KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 13 July 2012 - - The adoption of draft Regulations on prospecting and exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts; consideration of five new applications for approval of plans of work for exploration and election of 20 members of Council and of the Secretary-General are among substantive issues for consideration on the agenda of the International Seabed Authority when it convenes its 18th Session in Kingston, Jamaica from 16-27 July 2012.
KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 10 July 2012 - -The Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) will today begin to hear oral presentations by the five new applicants for seabed exploration.
The five applicants are UK Seabed Resources Ltd. (sponsored by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland); Marawa Research and Exploration Ltd.(a state enterprise of the Republic of Kiribati); G-TECH Sea Mineral Resources NV (sponsored by the Government of Belgium); the Government of the Republic of Korea and IFREMER (sponsored by the Government of France).