On 26 March 2013, the International Seabed Authority received an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for polymetallic sulphides submitted by the Government of India.

Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Honourable A.J. Nicholson and Secretary-General Odunton of the International Seabed Authority today launched the 30th Anniversary of the Opening for Signature of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in Kingston.

In a bid to further strengthen the existing cooperation with the International Seabed Authority, China has granted funding to support between 3 - 5 candidates from developing countries in the field of marine sciences to pursue Masters or Doctorate degrees in Marine Science at the Tongji University in Shanghai, China.

Applicants for the ISA-Tongji University scholarships must have a bachelor’s degree in geology, chemistry or biology, must be under the age of 35 and must be nationals of developing countries.

The International Seabed Authority launched its Endowment Fund project to encourage the conduct of collaborative marine scientific research in the international seabed area in India on February 18, 2008.

To facilitate these activities, the Secretariat will create and maintain a list of ongoing opportunties for collaboration including research cruises and deep-sea sample analysis through training and internship programmes and by building a network of co-operating groups interested in or undertaking these types of activities and programmes.

A Chilean Delegation led by His Excellency, Ambassador Eduardo Bonilla Menchaca, Chile’s Ambassador to Jamaica and Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority made a two-day visit to the ISA Secretariat on Wednesday and Thursday, 15th and 16th October 2014. 

Ambassador Bonilla Menchaca was accompanied by Captain Fernando J. Mingram of the Armada de Chile, Executive Secretary of the National Oceanographic Committee of Chile and Mr. Maximiliano Jara Pozo, Third Secretary and Consul of Chile in Kingston. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 July 2015) - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority yesterday afternoon began consideration of a document produced by the Legal and Technical Commission on Developing a Regulatory Framework for Deep Sea Mineral Exploitation in the Area.  

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JAMAICA, Kingston (13 July 2016) - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority meeting in Kingston this afternoon disposed of four agenda items and elected vice-presidents to serve the executive body in 2016, took note of a report on the periodic review of the implementation of plans of work for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Area and a report on the status of national legislation for deep seabed mining and related matters. 

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JAMAICA, Kingston (25 April 2017) - - The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), in accordance with its exploration contract for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts with the International Seabed Authority, is offering four (4) at-sea training places for candidates from developing States within its 2018 training programme.

The training programme aims to provide on-board work and investigative techniques for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts by developing investigative planning skills, on-board work experience and data analysis and interpretation skills.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (1 March 2018) - -  On Monday 26 February 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority presented its Draft Strategic Plan for the period 2019-2023 on the organisation’s website, in English and French, the two working languages of the Authority.  

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JAMAICA, Kingston (2 August 2018) - - The International Seabed Authority, Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM) and the Ministry of the Environment in Poland are jointly organizing a workshop on Processing Technologies, Metal Recoveries & Economic Feasibility of Deep Sea Mining at the Ministry of Environment in Warsaw, Poland 3-6 September, 2018.

An ISA-funded workshop held in Vancouver in May 2011 has resulted in a study titled Seamount benthos in a cobalt-rich crust region of the central Pacific: conservation challenges for future seabed mining.

The paper authored by  scientists Thomas A. Schlacher, Amy R. Baco, Ashley A. Rowden, Timothy D. O’Hara, Malcolm R. Clark, Chris Kelley and John F. Dower conclude that several implications for the design of spatial management and conservation tools with respect to mining are :

On 8 February 2013, the International Seabed Authority received an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Area from UK Seabed Resources Ltd., a private company. The application is sponsored by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The International Seabed Authority and Tonga Offshore Mining Limited (TOML) today signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules in an area covering 74,153 km2 in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone of the Pacific Ocean. This marine area beyond the limits of national jurisdiction is one of a number of reserved areas earmarked for developing countries such as the Kingdom of Tonga and was ceded by ISA contractors from Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea and France.

In its meetings on Friday, the ISA Assembly continued  deliberations on a range of issues including the need for the adoption of the draft regulations on polymetallic sulphides, the promotino of training of scientists from developing countries through the Authority's Endowment Fund and the need for more technical workshops and regional sensitization seminars.

In the Council meetings, discussions continued on possible changes in the procedure for electing members of its expert body - the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC).

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  • 16-20 April 2007 - International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) conference in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 4-8 June 2007 – States Parties (New York)
  • 02-06 July 2007 - LTC (Kingston, Jamaica)
  • 09-20 July 2007- ISA 13th Session (Kingston, Jamaica)
  • 11 September 2007 - UNGA (New York)