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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.

Environmental, commercial mining and scientific interests in deep-sea areas may seem to be at odds, but the International Seabed Authority’s Endowment Fund shows the alliance as a successful model for sustainable use of ocean resources.

On 11 September 2014, a Chinese delegation headed by Mr. Jiancai Jin, Secretary General, China Ocean Mineral Resources R & D Association of the People’s Republic of China (COMRA), visited the headquarters of the International Seabed Authority.

The delegation was composed of officials from the National People’s Congress of China and the China Institute for Marine Affairs.

JAMAICA, Kingston (16 July 2015) - - Procedures and criteria for extending contracts for exploration for marine minerals in the seabed Area due to expire soon, were highlighted in the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) on the third day of its Twenty-First session in Kingston (15 July).

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JAMAICA, Kingston (21 June 2016) - - On 20 June 2016, Secretary-General Nii Odunton addressed the 26th meeting of States Parties to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in New York.

JAMAICA, Kingston (22 March 2017) - - Secretary-General Michael Lodge was opening speaker at the UBA/BGR/ISA International Workshop currently being held in Berlin, Germany. 

In his opening remarks, Secretary-General Lodge said the Authority’s mandate is limited to ‘activities in the Area’, which are defined as exploration for and exploitation of deep seabed mineral resources. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (11 January 2018) - - The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority has released the submissions from member States and other stakeholders to the “Draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area” (ISBA/23/LTC/CRP.3*) issued by the Secretariat on 25 August 2017, including responses to the list of questions contained in document ISBA/23/C/12

JAMAICA, Kingston (16 July 2018) - - The second part of the ISA 24th Session Council meetings presided over by Ambassador Olav Myklebust of Norway, began today in Kingston.

The meeting featured a presentation to Council by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) expert, Richard Roth, on the work relating to the development of a financial model for the Authority. 

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His Excellency, Mr. Luis Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Minister of External Relations of Brazil paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General on Thursday, 13 February 2014.

ISA's compendium of selected decisions and documents of the 18th session is now available online. 

The compendium will now be available in electronic format only.

The Authority will be issuing e-copies of the annual compendium in the six  (AR | CH | EN | ES | FR | RU) official languages of the United Nations in *.pdf format viewable through any browser and downloadable via a right click on the link and saving the publication to your hard drive.

For more information on forthcoming publications, bookmark thepublications page.

The International Seabed Authority has received three new applications for seabed exploration licences. The three new applications have been filed in respect of areas located in the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

Two of the applications are for exploration for polymetallic sulphides and one relates to polymetallic nodules.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA 15th June 2010 -- The public hearings of the Seabed Disputes Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea regarding the Request for an Advisory Opinion on the responsibilities and obligations of States sponsoring persons and entities with respect to activities in the International Seabed Area opened on 14 September 2010 at 3 p.m. presided by Judge Tullio Treves, President of the Chamber.

All MAPS are available for download online through the CONTRACTOR main menu and via the Exploration Areas page off the dropdown submenu.

A web-enabled interface of the ISA Geographic Information System displaying resource data from the Central Data Repository (CDR) is also in the process of coming online.  The system will continue to be developed as a platform to integrate available information and additional data from various sources.

The International Seabed Authority is calling for applications for the training programme to be provided by China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) in 2015 pursuant to the contract for exploration for polymetallic sulphides between the International Seabed Authority and COMRA.

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 July 2015) - -The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority, meeting in Kingston yesterday, concluded a two-day debate on the report of the Secretary-General on the Authority’s work over the past year, hearing a record 35 interventions from member states and 11 by observers. (SB-21-13)

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