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ANNOUNCEMENT

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is hosting the second edition of its Marine Scientific Research Information Webinar Series for Africa on 21 June 2022. The webinar will present ISA’s data management strategy, data analytics and their use for marine scientific research in the Area and ISA’s DeepData database.

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On 18 May 2022, the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) confirmed the selection of four (4) candidates for multidisciplinary training opportunities provided by the Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM) in accordance with its obligations under its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with ISA.

The selected candidates are:

IOM May 2022
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The first meeting of 2022 of the national focal points in charge of liaising with the Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) on matters relating to capacity development (NAFOP-CD) took place on 18 May 2022.

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Applications are now open for seven (7) internship opportunities for candidates from developing States, Members of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The placements are provided by the Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (Ifremer) in accordance with its obligations under its contracts for exploration for polymetallic nodules (PMN) and polymetallic sulphides (PMS) with ISA.

IFREMER 2022
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On 29 April 2022, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), H.E. Mr. Michael W. Lodge, joined Members of the United Nations and senior representatives of the United Nations Secretariat, the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

S-G UNGA April 2022
ANNOUNCEMENT

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is seeking comments on the draft regional environmental management plan (REMP) for the area of the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge with a focus on polymetallic sulphide deposits.

The draft REMP for the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge was prepared by ISA’s Legal and Technical Commission (LTC). It draws on the outcomes from three expert workshops (Poland in 2018, Portugal in 2019 and virtual in 2020) and comprehensive sets of scientific information and data.

PMS BGR
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The International Seabed Authority (ISA) and the Ministry of Natural Resources of China are pleased to announce the first training workshop organized by the ISA-China Joint Training and Research Centre (JTRC) between 24 and 27 May 2022.

The workshop will contribute to enhancing the capacity of national experts from developing States Members of ISA, especially professionals from least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States.

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The first part of the 27th session of the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) closed on 1 April 2022 after ten days of meetings held in Kingston, Jamaica. All 36 Members of the Council attended the session in person or virtually; other Members and 15 Observers were also in attendance.

The ISA Council meetings focused on the draft Regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area.

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On 31 March 2022, the Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) hosted the first ever ceremony to present end-of-training certificates to nationals from developing States who benefitted from opportunities provided by ISA Contractors under the Contractors’ Training Programme in 2021 and 2022.

CTP ceremony
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Ambassador Jagdish Dharamchand Koonjul, G.O.S.K presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), H.E. Mr. Michael W. Lodge, as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Mauritius to ISA during a special ceremony held on 31 March 2022 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Koonjul
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Nominations are open for the Fourth Edition of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep-Sea Research.

SG award 2022
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On 18 March 2022, the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) confirmed the selection of one (1) candidate for an at-sea training opportunity provided by Nauru Ocean Resources Inc (NORI) in accordance with its obligations under its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with ISA.

The selected candidate is Jameal Magno from the Philippines.

NORI selection Mar 2022
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On 18 March 2022, the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) closed the first part of its 27th session. The LTC met virtually between 14 and 18 March and held ten plenary meetings.

 “I wish to commend all the LTC members for their dedication, commitment and the significant amount of work they have accomplished in one week only,” said H.E. Mr. Michael W. Lodge, the Secretary-General of ISA.

The LTC made progress on the following items:

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Following the approval by the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in December 2022 (ISBA/26/C/13/Add.1), the Secretary-General of ISA and the Secretary-General of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 17 March 2022 to foster their collaboration in areas of common interest.

ISA IORA MoU signing ceremony