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29. On 5 May, Ronald Robinson, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, made a statement to the Assembly in which he reiterated his Government’s commitment to the International Seabed Authority and reassured the Authority of his country’s support as host country.  

30. Many delegations expressed their appreciation to the host country for its support of the Authority and the hospitality extended to representatives at sessions of the Authority. 

  

VI. REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE 

  

31. At its 129th meeting, on 6 May 2010, the Assembly considered the report of the Finance Committee (ISBA/16/A/5‐ISBA/16/C/8). On the basis of the recommendations of the Council contained in document ISBA/16/C/10, the Assembly decided to adopt the budget for the financial period 2011‐2012 in the amount of $13,014,700, and also recommended that observers attending and participating in the meetings of the Authority be urged to make voluntary contributions to the budget of the Authority, considering that they benefited from the facilities of the Authority.  

32. The Assembly also decided to authorize the Secretary‐General to establish the scale of assessments for 2011 and 2012 based on the scale used for the regular budget of the United Nations for 2010, taking into account that the maximum assessment rate will be 22 per cent and the minimum rate 0.01 per cent and that the rate of 16.587 per cent shall be applied in assessing the contribution of Japan to the budget of the Authority for 2011 and 2012. The decision of the Assembly relating to the budget of the Authority and related matters is contained in document ISBA/16/A/10.  

33. The delegations of Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba expressed their hope that, in the future, information on issues such as adjustment of scale of assessment would be passed on to members of the Authority in good time so as to allow for their consideration of the information in advance. The delegation of Nicaragua requested that the adjustment of the assessment scale be applied to both the ceiling rate and the floor rate so that both developed and developing countries could be treated equally. The delegation of Cuba reiterated its position with respect to fully supporting the decision of the Group of 77 and China on the issue and the application of all the methodologies utilized to assess contribution‐related positions, and emphasized the financial implications that this adjustment would have for developing countries which were the worst affected by the economic recession.  

VII. CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE STAFF REGULATIONS OF THE 

AUTHORITY

 

 

34. At its 129th meeting, on 6 May 2010, the Assembly adopted the revisions to the Staff Regulations of the Authority. The decision is contained in ISBA/16/A/9.  

VIII. CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF THE REGULATIONS ON PROSPECTING AND 

EXPLORATION FOR POLYMETALLIC SULPHIDES IN THE AREA

 

 

35. At its 130th meeting, on 7 April 2010, the Assembly took note of the decision of the Council to adopt and apply provisionally, pending approval by the Assembly, the Regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area as contained in ISBA/16/C/L.5. The Assembly approved the Regulations. The decision of the Assembly relating to the Regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Area is contained in document ISBA/16/A/12.

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