Meeting of the Assembly

The 21st Session of the International Seabed Authority

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 July 2015) - - The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority at its final meeting of the 21st Session in Kingston, on Friday 24 July, approved the recommendations of its Finance Committee relating to financial and budgetary matters and decided to undertake the first review of the operations of the international regime of the Area as provided for under article 154 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (24 July 2015) - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority meeting in Kingston yesterday, adopted the procedures and criteria for extension of an approved plan of work for exploration and took note of the draft framework for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area.

Council members were able to resolve their differences over the content of a proposal by the Legal and Technical Commission on procedures that would govern the extension of an approved plan of work for exploration of marine minerals by contractors.

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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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JAMAICA, Kingston (21 July 2015) - - ISA Secretary-General Nii A Odunton today presented his annual report (ISBA/21/A/2) on the work of the Authority for the period 2014-2015  at the Assembly's 151st meeting in Kingston.

Secretary-General Odunton thanked the host country Jamaica, for the on-going support it continued to extend to the Authority to carry out its work.

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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 (18 July 2015) - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority took note of the report of the Chairman of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) and resumed debate on  procedures and criteria for extensions of contracts due to expire in 2016 and 2017 which are covered in the report.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (17 July 2015) - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority meeting in Kingston yesterday elected its four vice-presidents for the twenty-first session.

The vice presidents are: Brazil, for the Latin American and Caribbean Group; Germany for the Western European and Others Group; Nigeria for the African Group and Poland for the Eastern European Group.

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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 (15 July 2015) - - The International Seabed Authority began its twenty-first annual session in Kingston, Jamaica, yesterday, 14 July, with its two major organs – the supreme body, the Assembly, and the decision-making Council – electing their presidents and adopting their indicative work programme for the next ten days.

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (14 July 2015)  - - In his statement as the newly elected President of the Council at the 21st Session of the ISA, Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji, has called for Council to take note of the Post 2015-United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda blueprint.

HE Peter Thomson