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2017

JAMAICA, Kingston (1 December 2017) - - Global Sea Mineral Resources NV (GSR), is offering five places for candidates from developing States under its 2018 contractor training programme.

The five training opportunities are for:

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 November 2017) - -  The International Seabed Authority and l’Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER ) have signed an Agreement on the extension of the exploration contract for polymetallic nodules in the Clarion Clipperton Zone. 
 

JAMAICA, Kingston (16 November 2017) - -  The Authority has done a good job over its 24 years of existence of building its institutional capacity to manage deep seabed mining.

JAMAICA, Kingston (14 November 2017) - - The International Seabed Authority has engaged with the Pew Seabed Mining Project in several areas including partnerships in relation to workshops in environmental matters held in Berlin and a workshop in Uganda earlier this year – the first to be held in a landlocked developing country.

Speaking at Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, on Tuesday 13 November 2017, ISA Secretary-General Michael Lodge paid tribute to the very constructive engagement between Pew and the Authority. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (13 November 2017) - - Secretary-General Michael Lodge today issued a Call for Nominations for the Secretary-General Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research.

The Award is a first for the International Seabed Authority and is one of seven voluntary commitments made by the Authority at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (9 November 2017) - - The Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, today hosted a briefing session for Kingston-based Permanent Representatives to the Authority.

In his brief, Mr Lodge spoke about the Authority’s work in progress following the decisions adopted during the 23rd Session in August.

At the briefing session, the Permanent Representatives were updated on the status of the draft regulations for exploitation for which member States were encouraged to make their submissions before the preferred deadline of 17 November.

JAMAICA, Kingston (7 November 2017) - -  Her Excellency Mrs Inés Fors Fernández, today presented her credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cuba to the International Seabed Authority.
 
Ambassador Fors Fernández is also Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Jamaica.
 
Prior to joining the posting to Jamaica, Ambassador Fors Fernández was Deputy Chief of the Bilateral Affairs Division of the United States of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 

JAMAICA, Kingston (6 November 2017) - -  HE Hiromasa Yamazaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan, today  presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Seabed Authority.
 
Ambassador Yamazaki is also Ambassador to Jamaica and non-Resident Ambassador to Belize.
 

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 October 2017) - - On the 15th October 2017, the ISA delegation arrived in Warsaw for a series of official meetings and discussions with the Polish Minister Mariusz Orion Jędrysek and the Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM) in Szczecin.

At the Ministry of Environment, talks with Minister Jędrysek focused on the next steps to be taken following the approval by the Council in July 2017, of a Plan of Work for exploration for polymetallic sulphides submitted by the Minister of Environment and the exchange of contracts.

GERMANY, Berlin (28 September 2017) - -  Secretary-General Michael Lodge, yesterday addressed participants attending the ISA Workshop on the Design and Monitoring of Impact Reference Zones (IRZ) and Preservation Reference Zones (PRZ) that is being held in Berlin from 27-29 September 2017.
 
He told participants that the objective of the workshop was to help the ISA develop criteria for the design and monitoring of those zones in the Area. 

He said that the concept of the IRZs and PRZs had been around for a long time.

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 September 2017) - - Mr Lee Young-gyu, chargé d’affaires ad interim of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the International Seabed Authority on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.  

Prior to his appointment, Mr Young-gyu was Counsellor and Consul General at the Korean Embassy in South Africa.

JAMAICA, Kingston (31 August 2017) - -  The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR), is offering two (2) At-Sea training places for candidates from developing States within its 2018 training programme, in accordance with its exploration contracts for polymetallic nodules with the ISA.

The training is divided into two stages:  

JAMAICA, Kingston (28 August 2017) - -  The ISA will host a workshop on the design of impact reference zones (IRZ) and preservation reference zones (PRZ) in the Area. The workshop will be held in Germany from 27-29 September 2017.

JAMAICA, Kingston (25 August 2017) - - The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority has made available a document entitled “Draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area” (ISBA/23/LTC/CRP.3*) for comment by stakeholders, together with a list of questions contained in document ISBA/23/C/12.

JAMAICA, Kingston (4 August 2017) - - The 23rd Session of the International Seabed Authority will be held in Kingston from 8-18 August 2017. The Session is preceded by meetings of the Legal and Technical Commission which began on Monday 31 July and the Finance Committee on Wednesday 2 August. 

ASSEMBLY

The Assembly formally convenes on 8 August and resumes its meetings on 15 August following the completion of agenda items of the Council on 14 August.  It is the turn of the African Group to nominate a candidate for the presidency.

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