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2019

MEDIA ADVISORY

High Level Workshop: 16 -18 May 2019 - Pretoria, South Africa

What are the potential benefits for African States in increasing their participation in deep-seabed exploration activities? Why is it important for African experts to contribute to the development of key legal instruments and measures such as draft regulations for deep seabed mining and the establishment of marine protected areas in the international seabed area?

PRESS RELEASE

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar offered a contribution to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) at a ceremony led by Ambassador Hau Do Suan, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the United Nations in New York, on 3 April.

ISA SG with Myanmar Suan Gauk
ANNOUNCEMENT

Deep CCZ biodiversity synthesis workshop; 1-4 October 2019, Friday Harbor, Washington, USA

ANNOUNCEMENT

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) will hold a second workshop in the context of the Africa’s Deep-Seabed Resources (ADSR) project, in partnership with the Government of the Republic of South Africa at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in Pretoria from 16 to 18 May 2019.

ANNOUNCEMENT

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) will hold a workshop on the ‘Development of Standards and Guidelines for the mining code’ in partnership with the Governments of the Republic of South Africa and the United Kingdom at the OR Tambo Conference Centre in Pretoria from 13 to 17 May 2019.

PRESS RELEASE

Today marks a major step forward towards the delivery of a comprehensive legal regime for deep-seabed mining beyond national jurisdiction with the release of draft regulations on exploitation of the mineral resources in the international seabed area by the Legal and Technical Commission, a 30-member expert advisory body of the International Seabed Authority (ISA).

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PRESS RELEASE

UN Permanent Representatives, senior officials as well as many legal and scientific experts attending the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Conference for the conservation and sustainable development of marine diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) in New York this week attended a side-event on Tuesday 26 March dedicated to acknowledging the 25 years of existence of the International Seabed Authority (ISA).

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PRESS RELEASE

 The first part of the 25th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) began with the Council meeting, held from 25 February - 1 March 2019 in Kingston, Jamaica. It will be followed by a meeting of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) from 4-15 March 2019.

The Council addressed the draft exploitation regulations on deep-seabed mining, and deliberated on:

ISA group
PRESS RELEASE

On Thursday, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) focused on issues related to the Enterprise, an organ foreseen in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as ISA’s own mining arm. Delegates discussed the operationalization of the Enterprise, a joint venture proposal with the Government of Poland, and a draft decision on the terms of reference for the Special Representative for the Enterprise.

Highlights of the day include:

People
PRESS RELEASE

On Wednesday, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) continued its deliberations, addressing cooperation with other relevant international organizations and further focusing on components of the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area, including:

  • independent review of environmental plans and performance assessments; and
  • an inspection mechanism.

Highlights of the day include:

People Talking
PRESS RELEASE

The Principality of Monaco announced today that it has pledged extraordinary support to the programmes and initiatives of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) that promote and encourage deep sea marine scientific research. More specifically, the € 20,000 grant announced by Monaco will be allocated to the Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research and to the Endowment Fund for Marine Scientific Research. 

Deputy to SG/Legal Counsel
PRESS RELEASE

 On Tuesday, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) continued its deliberations on components of the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area, focusing on:

  • regulatory efficiency, including potential delegation of functions by the Council to the Secretariat;

  • the relationship between the draft exploitation regulations and regional environmental management plans (REMPs); and

  • implementation of the precautionary approach to activities in the Area.

Highlights of the day include:

Annual Session Room
PRESS RELEASE

On Monday, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) opened for the first part of the 25th annual session in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Council elected its President and Vice-Presidents for 2019, addressed organizational matters, and heard reports on the status of exploration contracts, the implementation of the 2018 Council decision relating to the summary report of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) Chair and a strategy for the development of regional environmental management plans for the Area.

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PRESS RELEASE

The 25th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) opened in Kingston, Jamaica, today with its gaze focused on the development of draft exploitation regulations for minerals in the international seabed area, and other regulatory matters.

Representatives from Member States, international organizations, civil society organizations and contractors are gathered here this week to continue their discussions around the draft exploitation regulations, including proposals for the payment mechanism for mineral exploitations.

ISA Council Room
PRESS RELEASE

The first part of the 25th annual session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) will consist of a meeting of the ISA Council convening from 25 February-1 March 2019 and a meeting of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) from 4-15 March 2019, in Kingston, Jamaica. The meeting arrangement follows the revised schedule, decided at the 23rd session, which is expected to increase transparency and engender a mutually responsive dialogue between the LTC and the Council.

The main items to be discussed at the Council meeting are:

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