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3. What are the necessary and appropriate measures that a sponsoring State must take in order to fulfil its responsibility under the Convention, in particular Article 139 and Annex III, and the 1994 Agreement?  

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ISBA/16/C/14* Statement of the President of the Council of the International 

Seabed Authority on the work of the Council during the sixteenth session

 

  

Date: 6 May 2010  

1. The sixteenth session of the International Seabed Authority was held at Kingston, Jamaica, from 26 April to 7 May 2010.  

I. ADOPTION OF AGENDA  

  

2. At its 150th meeting, on 27 April 2010, the Council adopted its agenda for the sixteenth session, as contained in document ISBA/16/C/1.

   

II. ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE‐PRESIDENTS OF THE COUNCIL 

  

3. At its 151st meeting, on 28 April 2010, the Council elected Syamal Kanti Das (India) as President of the Council for 2010. Subsequently, following consultations in the regional groups, the Council elected as Vice‐ Presidents the representatives of Côte d’Ivoire (Group of African States), Poland (Group of Eastern European States), Trinidad and Tobago (Group of Latin American and Caribbean States) and Italy (Group of Western European and other States). 

  

III. REPORT OF THE SECRETARY‐GENERAL CONCERNING THE CREDENTIALS OF MEMBERS OF 

THE COUNCIL 

  

4. At the 157th meeting of the Council, on 4 May 2010, the Secretary‐General informed the Council that, as of 4 May 2010, credentials had been received from 35 members of the Council. It was noted that, in accordance with the system agreed for the allocation of seats among the regional groups at the first election of the Council, France, on behalf of the Group of Western European and other States, would participate in the meetings of the Council in 2010 without the right to vote. In 2011, it would be the turn of the African Group of States to nominate a member of the Council to participate in the meetings of the Council without the right to vote. 

  

IV. DRAFT REGULATIONS ON PROSPECTING AND EXPLORATION FOR POLYMETALLIC 

SULPHIDES IN THE AREA 

  

5. The Council continued its consideration of outstanding issues with respect to the draft regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area. The Council conducted its deliberations on the basis of a revised text of the draft regulations prepared by the secretariat and issued under symbol ISBA/15/C/WP.1/Rev.1. Revisions were agreed to draft regulation 23. The Council also adopted draft decision    

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Reissued for technical reasons.

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