JAMAICA, Kingston (21 May 2015) - - On Wednesday, 20 May 2015, His Excellency, Mr. Masanori Nakano, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Jamaica, presented his credentials to the Secretary-General, as the Permanent Representative of Japan to the Authority.

Ambassador Nakano began his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs serving  in various divisions, and on several bureaus in the Ministry.  In September 2008 he was appointed Director, Foreign Affairs Division, International Affairs Department, House of Representatives. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (12 February 2016) - -  The Institut français de Recherche pour I’Exploitation de le Mer (Ifremer) is offering five (5) internships for candidates from developing States to participate in a 5-day taxonomy workshop that will be held in Brest, France, from 27 June to the 1 July 2016 as part of the yearly summer schools organized by LabexMER.


JAMAICA, Kingston (20 January 2017) - - In an effort to better communicate with members and contractors of the Authority, Secretary-General Michael W Lodge recently announced the first phase of organizational changes at the Secretariat.

These are:

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 October 2017) - - On the 15th October 2017, the ISA delegation arrived in Warsaw for a series of official meetings and discussions with the Polish Minister Mariusz Orion Jędrysek and the Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM) in Szczecin.

At the Ministry of Environment, talks with Minister Jędrysek focused on the next steps to be taken following the approval by the Council in July 2017, of a Plan of Work for exploration for polymetallic sulphides submitted by the Minister of Environment and the exchange of contracts.

JAMAICA, Kingston (5 June 2018) - - On 5 June 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority convened a consultation with the Permanent Representatives to the Authority in order to present the revised draft Strategic Plan of the Authority for the period 2019-2023.

The Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Mr. Michael Lodge is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Jihyun Lee, of the Republic of Korea as Director of the Office of Environmental Management and Mineral Resources (OEMMR). 

The International Seabed Authority is calling for nominations for two short-term training opportunities in 2013-2014 for suitable candidates from developing States provided by the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR).

The ISA training programme is pursuant to the terms of contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules between the BGR and the Authority .

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 11 December 2010 - - The adoption at the sixteenth session of the Authority of the regulations for prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides was  an important achievement for the Authority made possible by the positive commitment shown by member States in concluding the negotiations on the draft regulations.

InterRidge (IR) a non-profit organisation concerned with promoting all aspects of mid-ocean ridge research (their study, use and protection) which can be achieved by international cooperation has announced its partnership with the International Seabed Authority Endowment Fund for the Interidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for 2009-2011.

The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority yesterday (24 July) concluded its consideration of the Secretary-General’s annual report in Kingston this morning hearing comments from twelve delegations and three observers on many aspects of its topics.

Secretary-General Nii Allotey Odunton (Ghana), presented the report which covers the work of the Authority since the last session, to the Assembly yesterday.  It was the highlight of the 166-member body’s agenda during its twentieth anniversary session.

JAMAICA, Kingston (29 June 2015)  - - His Excellency, Mr. Carlos Alberto Michaelsen Den Hartog presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the Authority on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 as the new Permanent Representative of Brazil.

Hartog/Odunton photo

JAMAICA, Kingston (3 May 2016) - - The Authority's 22nd Annual Session will be held in Kingston, Jamaica from 11-22 July 2016. The Session will be preceded by meetings of the Legal and Technical Commission and the Finance Committee from 4-8 July.

Legal and Technical Commission

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 February 2017) - - The Legal and Technical Commission officially opened its meeting session today following an informal workshop and training session held yesterday, 20 February 2017. 

The informal workshop was held to familiarize the new members with the working methods of the Commission, the work of the Authority, and also covered the work of the Commission over the last five years.

JAMAICA, Kingston (14 November 2017) - - The International Seabed Authority has engaged with the Pew Seabed Mining Project in several areas including partnerships in relation to workshops in environmental matters held in Berlin and a workshop in Uganda earlier this year – the first to be held in a landlocked developing country.

Speaking at Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, on Tuesday 13 November 2017, ISA Secretary-General Michael Lodge paid tribute to the very constructive engagement between Pew and the Authority.