JAMAICA, Kingston (15 May 2018) – - International Seabed Authority Secretary-General Michael Lodge announced various efforts undertaken by the Authority to develop Transformative Partnerships for Ocean Sustainability at the recent World Maritime University Global Ocean Conference 2018 that was held in Malmö, Sweden, between 8-9 May 2018.

JAMAICA, Kingston (11 May 2018) - - The Authority participated recently in the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston which was held from 30 April to 3 May 2018.

As an Invited Organisation, the Authority featured an exhibition booth on the work of the authority and hosted a panel discussion on the Progress and Prospects in Deep Sea Mining - 50 Years On, where experts and scientists presented the progress in exploration, deep sea mineral resources, classification and mineral processing of seabed minerals, and deep water AUV/ROV technology.

JAMAICA, Kingston (25 April 2018) - - The International Seabed Authority will be hosting a workshop on the Development of a Framework for Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs) for Polymetallic Sulphide Deposits in Mid-Ocean Ridges at the University of Szczecin-Geocentrum, in Szczecin, Poland, from 27-29 June 2018.

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 April 2018)  - - JSC Yuzhmorgeologiya  is offering six places for candidates from developing States under its 2018 contractor training programme.

The training programme will be broken down into two parts as follows:

Part 1: All six trainees will participate in a theoretical course at St. Petersburg State University (SPSU) for approximately 2 weeks during the period October-November 2018.

JAMAICA, Kingston (19 April 2018) - -  His Excellency Mr. Sebastiano Cardi, today presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of Italy to the International Seabed Authority.

Ambassador Cardi is also Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York and was formerly one of the Vice-Presidents of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and Chairman of the Second Committee at the 69th Session of the General Assembly.

JAMAICA, Kingston (5 April 2018) - -  His Excellency Mr.  TIAN Qi, today presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the International Seabed Authority.

He is also Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Jamaica.

Prior to being posted to Jamaica, he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Yemen.

JAMAICA, Kingston (29 March 2018) - -  The International Seabed Authority (ISA) and the China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) will host a workshop on the Development of a Regional Environmental Management Plan for the Cobalt-Rich Ferromanganese Crusts in the northwest Pacific Ocean. The workshop will be held in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China from 26 to 29 May 2018.

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 March 2018) - - The Republic of Korea and the Authority have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts.

The contract was signed by Secretary General Michael Lodge and Mr. Young-Choon Kim, Minister of Oceans and Fisheries on behalf of the Republic of Korea on the 27 March 2018 in Seoul. 

The contract covers an exploration area of 3,000 km2 and consists of 150 blocks, each with an area of 20 km2 located east of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific Ocean.

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 March 2018) - - The Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) co-hosted a side event yesterday, 22 March 2018, on the margins of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

JAMAICA, Kingston (19 March 2018) - -  On Monday 12 March 2018,  Ms. Michelle Walker of Jamaica was elected as Chair of the Legal and Technical Commission. She succeeds Mr. Christian Reichert of Germany. 

Ms. Walker is currently Head of the Legal Unit of the Jamaica Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and has been a member of the Commission for four years. She served as Vice-Chair in 2017.

The Commission began the first part of its 2018 24th Session meetings in Kingston from 12-23 March 2018. It will also meet for a second time from 2-13 July 2018.

JAMAICA, Kingston (13 March 2018) - - The International Seabed Authority Draft Strategic Plan for 2019-2023 is now available for written comments by members of the Authority and all stakeholders.

JAMAICA, Kingston (1 March 2018) - -  On Monday 26 February 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority presented its Draft Strategic Plan for the period 2019-2023 on the organisation’s website, in English and French, the two working languages of the Authority.  

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JAMAICA, Kingston (18 February 2018) - - Fifty years ago, the international community took a decision to set aside the resources of the seabed beyond national jurisdiction as the common heritage of mankind and to place its administration in the hands of an international organization to be created for that specific purpose.

JAMAICA, Kingston (11 February 2018) - - Science, technology and innovation are powerful and dynamic drivers of progress in our world, and are essential for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The role of Women and girls is central to this effort. Ensuring their ready and meaningful access to the possibilities it offers will be instrumental to the fullest participation of developing States in the global economy. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (11 January 2018) - - The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority has released the submissions from member States and other stakeholders to the “Draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area” (ISBA/23/LTC/CRP.3*) issued by the Secretariat on 25 August 2017, including responses to the list of questions contained in document ISBA/23/C/12