The International Seabed Authority will attempt to resolve all outstanding issues in the draft regulatory regimes for prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in the deep seabed with the aim of adopting the texts at its fifteenth session in Kingston, Jamaica from 25 May to 5 June 2009.

The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority yesterday (22 July) held a day-long special session to commemorate the organisation’s twentieth anniversary with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, noting in a message, that the ongoing development by the Authority of a comprehensive set of rules governing seabed mining would go a long way towards helping States derive tangible benefits from the deep seabed Area.

JAMAICA, Kingston (22 May 2015) - -The International Seabed Authority is inviting Member States, Permanent Missions and Observers to the United Nations to an Open Briefing on Friday 29 May 2015.

The Open Briefing will be held in Conference Room 11, United Nations Headquarters, New York from 1:15 - 3:15pm.


JAMAICA, Kingston (8 March 2016) - - On 3 March 2016, the ISA Legal and Technical Commission selected first-ranked and alternate candidates for the Global Sea Mineral Resources NV (GSR), China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) training programmes. 
In the event that any of the first-ranked candidates do not accept the training offer or is unable to take part at short notice, the alternates will be contacted in the order  of ranking.


JAMAICA, Kingston (25 January 2017) - - The International Seabed Authority today issued a Discussion Paper to advance stakeholder discussion in connection with the development and drafting of Regulations on Exploitation for Mineral Resources in the Area (Environmental Matters) – so-named “Environmental Regulations”.

JAMAICA, Kingston (6 November 2017) - -  HE Hiromasa Yamazaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan, today  presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Seabed Authority.
Ambassador Yamazaki is also Ambassador to Jamaica and non-Resident Ambassador to Belize.

JAMAICA, Kingston (11 June 2018) - -  Secretary-General Michael Lodge highlighted three major ongoing developments in the work of the Authority while speaking at the 28th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in New York today.

These critical elements were the Strategic Plan of the Authority, the development of the Mining Code and the process to develop Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs) in the Area.

Sustainable Blue Economy Conference
Nairobi, Kenya 26-28 November 2018

(23 November 2018)
How can the sustainable development of deep seabed minerals contribute to the Blue Economy and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda? What can be done to ensure the protection and preservation of the marine environment as well as equitable sharing of financial and economic benefits derived from activities in the international seabed area?

ISA will convene its first Taxonomic Exchange Workshop at the Senckenberg am Meer, Marine Research Department, Wilhelmshaven, Germany from June 10-15, 2013.

The workshop is the first of three and will focus on megafauna with two other workshops to focus on macrofauna and meiofauna in contract areas.

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).

KINGSTON, JAMAICA  15 November  2010 - - The International Seabed Authority/Tongji University scholarship application deadline has been extended to 31 January 2011.

The Scholarships Programme will provide  funding for  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.

sensitization seminar on the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the work of the Authority and on marine mineral resources of the South and Equatorial Atlantic Ocean, will be convened by the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil and the International Seabed Authority from 26 to 28 November 2008, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The historic twentieth session of the International Seabed Authority ended in Kingston this afternoon after its Assembly completed debate on the Secretary-General’s annual report and acted on five decisions including the Authority’s budget for the 2015-2016 biennium. The Assembly set 13-24 July 2015 as the date for the Authority’s next session.

JAMAICA, Kingston (2 July 2015)  - - On 30 June 2015, His Excellency, Mr. Jean-Michel Despax presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the Authority, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of France to the International Seabed Authority.
Ambassador Despax is a trained engineer who joined the diplomatic service in his early thirties after completion of his studies at the French National School of Public Administration. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (9 May 2016) - -  The ISA Legal and Technical Commission has selected five candidates for internships offered by Institut francais de Recherche pour I’Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer).

The candidates will 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.

The five first-ranked candidates are as follows: