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long‐standing methodology for calculation of the scale of assessment, which is based on the scale used for the regular budget of the United Nations. The Council also noted that the Finance Committee had reiterated its encouragement to observer States to the Authority to consider making voluntary contributions to the budget of the Authority.   

18. The decision of the Council in relation to the budget and related matters is contained in document ISBA/16/C/10.  

X. REPORT OF THE LEGAL AND TECHNICAL COMMISSION 

 

19. At its 152nd meeting, on 29 April 2010, the Council received the summary report of the Chairman of the Legal and Technical Commission on the work of the Commission during the sixteenth session (ISBA/16/C/7), as presented by Miguel dos Santos Alberto Chissano, Chairman of the Commission. The Council took note of the report, in particular of the Commission’s request for a detailed analysis of the actual and direct exploration expenditure reported by contractors against the Recommendations for the guidance of contractors for the reporting of actual and direct exploration expenditures, issued by the Commission on 25 May 2009 (ISBA/15/LTC/7). 

  

XI. NEXT MEETING OF THE COUNCIL 

  

20. The next meeting of the Council will be held in Kingston from 25 April to 6 May 2011. It will be the turn of the Group of Eastern European States to nominate a candidate for the Presidency of the Council in 2011.  

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ISBA/16/C/WP.1 Review of outstanding issues with respect to the draft 

regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area 

Prepared by the Secretariat 

  

Date: 19 March 2010  

1. The purpose of the present paper is to provide members of the Council with a further update on the outstanding issues with respect to the draft regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area (ISBA/15/C/WP.1/Rev.1) in preparation for continued discussion of the regulations during the sixteenth session of the Authority. 

  

I. BACKGROUND AND PROGRESS TO DATE 

  

2. Members of the Council will recall that during the fifteenth session, the Council continued its detailed consideration of the draft regulations, which it had commenced at the thirteenth session, in 2007.   

3. The Council carried out its deliberations on the basis of a revised text of the draft regulations prepared by the Secretariat, taking into account the discussions and proposals in the Council during the thirteenth and fourteenth sessions (ISBA/15/C/WP.1 and Corr.1). The Council also had before it a working paper prepared by the Secretariat containing a review of the outstanding issues with respect to the draft regulations as well as a number of suggested possible revisions (ISBA/15/C/WP.2). As a result of its discussions, the Council reached agreement on revisions to the following draft regulations: regulations 21, 28 and 45 (3), and to the following provisions of annex 4 to the draft regulations: section 17.3; section 21.1 bis; section 25.2.

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