Meeting of the Assembly

The 17th Session of the International Seabed Authority

The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority ended its seventeenth session in Kingston today after adopting a series of decisions this morning. The legislative arm of the Authority agreed:

Acting on recommendations of the Legal and Technical Commission, the Seabed Council yesterday afternoon approved the plans of work for exploration for polymetallic nodules and polymetallic sulphides in the international deep seabed Area submitted by four entities.

Adopting the four draft decisions (documents ISBA/17/C/2, 3,4 and 5,), as amended during debate, the Council requested the Authority’s Secretary-General to issue them with plans of work in the form of contracts with the Authority in accordance with the relevant regulations.

The International Seabed Authority began its seventeenth session today with an extensive agenda which includes finalization of a regime for prospecting and exploration for cobalt-rich crusts in the deep seabed Area and action on pending applications for exploratory contracts.

Applications for Exploration Contracts; Historic Advisory Opinion 
on the Responsibilities and Obligations of Sponsoring States 
among Substantive Issues in Crowded Agenda of 
Seabed Authority 17th Session

Other topics include finalization of regulations for exploration of 
cobalt-rich crusts in Area; and election of members of two bodies