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2018

JAMAICA, Kingston (4 September 2018) - - “The Law of the Sea Convention not only guarantees the right of all States, rich and poor, to access the mineral resources of the deep seabed, but also assures equality of access to developing States, including the land-locked and geographically disadvantaged States, and small island developing States.”

JAMAICA, Kingston (30 August 2018) - - Members and  Observers of the Authority as well as other Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments on the revised draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area (ISBA/24/LTC/WP.1/Rev.1 and ISBA/24/C/20) by 30 September 2018 to consultation@isa.org.jm.

JAMAICA, Kingston (24 August 2018) - - China Ocean Mineral Resources Research & Development Association (COMRA) and Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd (OMS) are offering training opportunities to candidates from developing States under their 2019 Training Programme.

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COMRA is offering six (6) at-sea training places.  Four (4) candidates with geological/geophysical background and two (2) with biological/ environmental background will be selected.

The International Seabed Authority expresses its deep sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the United Nations community and the people and Government of Ghana for the passing of H.E. Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, on 18 August 2018. 

The International Seabed Authority extends its condolences to the family of Mr. Annan.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (2 August 2018) - - The International Seabed Authority, Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM) and the Ministry of the Environment in Poland are jointly organizing a workshop on Processing Technologies, Metal Recoveries & Economic Feasibility of Deep Sea Mining at the Ministry of Environment in Warsaw, Poland 3-6 September, 2018.

The International Seabed Authority expresses its profound shock and sadness upon the death of Caitlyn L. Antrim of the United States. 

Caitlyn passed away suddenly in Kingston, Jamaica on 28 July 2018, after attending the twenty-fourth session of the Assembly of the Authority. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (24 July 2018) - -Canada and the International Seabed Authority today co-hosted a side event on Enhancing the Role of Women in Deep-Sea Marine Scientific Research through Focused Capacity-Building Initiatives to Achieve the Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Although numerous initiatives have been adopted and implemented at global, regional and national levels to ensure opportunities for women in non-traditional science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors, the participation of women remain low.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (23 July 2018) - - On 23 July 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Mr Michael Lodge, presented the inaugural edition of the ISA Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research at the 24th session of the Assembly of the Authority.

The Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research is one of seven Voluntary Commitments officially registered by the International Seabed Authority at the UN Ocean conference that was held in New York in June 2017 (#OceanAction15796).

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JAMAICA, Kingston (23 July 2018) - -  Professor Mariusz-Orion Jędrysek of Poland was elected President of the International Seabed Authority Assembly for the 24th Session.  He succeeds Mr Eugénio Muianga of Mozambique.

Mr Jędrysek is Secretary of State and Chief National Geologist and Deputy Minister of Environment of Poland.  He is also Government Plenipotentiary, National Mineral Policy of Poland and member of Sejm, Parliament Lower Chamber.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (17 July 2018) - - The China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) and the International Seabed Authority (ISA), today, co-hosted a side event on the First Steps in Developing and Implementing Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs) in the North Pacific and North Atlantic.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (17 July 2018) - - The Chair of the Legal & Technical Commission, Ms Michelle Walker provided a report on the joint meeting to Council today, at its 239th meeting of the 24th Session.

Ms Walker said the joint meeting between the two organs was very timely and recommended that the process be a regular one so that both organs kept each other updated on the progress made in relation to the development of the draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (16 July 2018) - - The Secretariat today, presented its Data Management Strategy, the development of its database and its data web portal to member States during its 24th session meetings currently being held in Kingston.

The Secretariat also outlined the progress made in the transition to the training and policy development phase of the strategy.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (16 July 2018) - - The second part of the ISA 24th Session Council meetings presided over by Ambassador Olav Myklebust of Norway, began today in Kingston.

The meeting featured a presentation to Council by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) expert, Richard Roth, on the work relating to the development of a financial model for the Authority. 

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JAMAICA, Kingston (13 July 2018) - - Two of the Authority's organs, the Legal and Technical Commission and the Finance Committee held an informal joint meeting for the first time today during the 24th Session.

Members discussed the respective roles and responsibilities of the Commission and the Committee in the regulatory development, the development process of a payment mechanism and financial terms for exploitation, the rules, regulations and procedures on equitable sharing of financial and economic benefits derived from activities in the Area, and the way forward.

JAMAICA, Kingston (10 July 2018) - - In accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides with the International Seabed Authority, the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) of the Government of India, is offering five on-land training places in the field of deep-sea mineral exploration for candidates from developing States.

The eight-week training will be organised by the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) and is tentatively scheduled to begin between December 2018 and January 2019. The programme will focus on the following areas: