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17. The report called for better cooperation and coordination among international organizations with mandates over activities in the oceans so as to ensure consistency of approach as well as comprehensive protection of the marine environment within and beyond national jurisdiction. The responsibilities and activities of the Authority should be considered in the broader context of developments within the law of the sea as a whole and the legal regime of the Area should also be fully respected.  

18. In concluding observations, the report stated that the efforts of the current contractors involved with the Authority were primarily directed at long‐term geologic and environmental studies, rather than commercially driven research and development. Investment in mining technology in particular remained at a very preliminary stage.  

19. Statements on the report of the Secretary‐General were made by the delegations of Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Fiji, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, the Russian Federation, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The observer delegation of the United Nations also made a statement.  

20. Members of the Authority expressed their satisfaction with the annual report issued by the Secretary‐ General and indicated their support for the work that had been undertaken by the Authority.  

21. Member States also spoke on a range of issues, including the status of assessed contributions of members to meet the expenses of the Authority and the need for timely adoption of the draft sulphides regulations.  

22. Delegations supported and welcomed the interactions of the secretariat with the International Cable Protection Committee, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the OSPAR Commission.  

23. Delegations also expressed appreciation for the Authority’s efforts to promote knowledge and understanding of deep sea ecology through the organization of technical workshops and sensitization seminars and requested that similar seminars continue to be held to promote the Authority and its work, subject to invitation by member States.  

24. Some delegations commented on the work of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, established under article 76, paragraph 8, and annex II of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, in considering data and information submitted by coastal States where those limits extend beyond 200 nautical miles.   

25. Delegations urged the 22 members of the Authority that had not yet become parties to the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the Convention to become parties to it as soon as possible. Delegations also welcomed Chad, the Dominican Republic and Switzerland, which had become parties to the 1994 Agreement in the previous year.  

26. Delegations also urged member States that had not yet ratified the Protocol on the Privileges and Immunities of the Authority (ISBA/4/A/8, annex) to do so. It was noted that, as at 28 February 2009, 31 members were parties to the Protocol.  

27. Delegations also expressed their appreciation for the Voluntary Trust Fund, noting that it had helped to ensure the participation of members from developing countries in meetings of the Legal and Technical Commission and the Finance Committee. Nigeria announced that it would be making a contribution to the Fund.  

28. The value of the Endowment Fund was acknowledged by many delegations, who noted that it would help scientists from developing countries participate in activities in the Area, thus strengthening the concept of the common heritage of mankind. The delegation of the United Kingdom announced that it would be making a further contribution of $15,000 as an indication of the importance that the United Kingdom attached to the objectives of the Endowment Fund.

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