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XI. OTHER MATTERS 

  

40. The delegation of Argentina drew the attention of the Assembly to some errors in the maps on the Authority’s website, including political limits.  

41. The Secretariat advised that as soon as the errors had been made known, the necessary corrections were made to the material in question and it explained that in relation to maps appearing in documents and publications and on the website, the Secretariat followed the guidance set out in the United Nations Terminology Bulletin in all references to names and designations and, in particular, included a disclaimer, based on that contained in the annex to administrative instruction ST/AI/189/Add.25/Rev.1 (20 January 1997), which read:  

The designations employed and the presentation of material on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the Authority concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitations of its frontiers or boundaries.  

42. The Secretariat regretted the error that might have occurred and expressed its gratitude to the delegation of Argentina for pointing out the discrepancy. 

  

XII. DATE OF THE NEXT SESSION OF THE ASSEMBLY 

  

43. The seventeenth session of the Assembly will be held from 25 April to 6 May 2011. It will be the turn of the Group of Asian States to propose a candidate for the presidency of the Assembly in 2011. 

 

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ISBA/16/C/3 Considerations relating to the functioning of the Legal and 

Technical Commission 

 Note by the Secretary‐General 

  

 Date: 25 January 2010  

1. Members of the Council will recall that, pursuant to article 163 (1), of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“the Convention”), the Legal and Technical Commission was established as an organ of the Council. The Commission consists of 15 members, elected by the Council from among the candidates nominated by States Parties. Members of the Commission hold office for a term of five years and are eligible for re‐election for a further term.  

2. Following the previous regular election 1  of members to the Commission, which was held at the twelfth session, in 2006, the Council requested the Secretary‐General to prepare a report on considerations relating to the future size and composition of the Commission for its consideration during the thirteenth session.  2   Subsequently, the Council decided that in order to avoid some of the difficulties that had arisen in connection with past elections to the Commission, it was necessary to streamline the procedures for future elections. Accordingly, in its decision ISBA/13/C/6 of 18 July 2007, the Council decided that the procedure for nominations of candidates for future elections to the Commission would be as follows: __________________ 

1.  The present note is not concerned with elections to fill vacancies on the Commission in accordance with article 163 (7) of the 

Convention on the Law of the Sea, which have occurred every year since 1998 (except 2001 and 2002) and will continue to occur from time to time as necessary. 

2.  ISBA/13/C/2.

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