Ambassador Joachim Christoph Schmillen of the Federal Republic of Germany presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority as the new Permanent Representative to the Authority on 19 August 2014.
Prior to taking up his position as ambassador of Germany to Jamaica, Ambassador Schmillen held many important assignments, both in the diplomatic service as well as in the military service in his home country. In 2003 he was posted to Chile as Germany’s ambassador and then went on to occupy positions in Nigeria and Peru.
Ambassador Schmillen assumed his position as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Jamaica in early August this year.
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On 8 August 2014, the Authority received an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Area submitted by China Minmetals Corporation, which is sponsored by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
The application area is in the reserved areas of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone of the Central Pacific Ocean.
In accordance with the Regulations on Prospecting and Exploration for Polymetallic Nodules in the Area, the members of the Legal and Technical Commission will be notified of the above application and consideration of this application will be placed on the agenda of the Commission at its next meeting, which is scheduled to commence on 16 February 2015.
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