ISA Voluntary Commitments


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The work undertaken by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) thus far to develop meaningful capacity-building opportunities for developing States is widely considered as exemplary. Nonetheless, the ISA could deepen the effectiveness and impact of its capacity development work by proactively seeking to enhance the role of women in marine scientific research. This could be achieved through participation in different capacity-building opportunities, such as contractor training, the Endowment Fund, internships and others. Today, women who wish to engage further in marine scientific research still face real and substantial challenges that are specific to their gender. Because of its understanding of the real and tangible benefits to advance development progress by fully including women in marine science, the ISA believes that increasing their participation through capacity-building could effectively contribute to the enhancement of the scientific and technological capabilities of developing States, and in particular those of SIDS and LDCs. Accordingly, the ISA is resolved to raise awareness on the importance of the role of women in marine scientific research of the concrete additional benefits accruing to societies and economies of doing so; and give preference, when possible, to qualified female applicants, in particular from developing countries.

SDG 14 Targets:  14.2  | 14.7  | 14.a  |  14.c

The ISA is explicitly mandated to promote and encourage the conduct of marine scientific research in the Area (UNCLOS, art.143), and accordingly, the coordination and dissemination of the results of such research analysis. In line with this, the ISA Secretary-General Award for Research Excellence would be an annual/biannual award given to young researchers (under 35 years old) from developing countries as recognition of excellence of their work and their contribution to advance scientific knowledge of the deep-sea environment and improve the development of sound and efficient regulatory frameworks. 


  • 2018 Inaugural Edition of the Award presented to Dr Diva Amon
  • 2019 Award now open. Nominations close 26 April 2019


SDG 14 Targets:  14.2  | 14.5  | 14.a | 14.c

Promoting the Blue Economy concept as a means to enable SIDS to benefit fully from sustainable development of their deep-sea mineral resources.

SDG 14 Targets:  14.2  | 14.7 |  14.a |  14.c |

ISA and the African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC) are committed to hold five workshops, one in each African Region to raise awareness among African States about the importance of the sustainable development of activities on the African continental shelf and adjacent international seabed area (the Area) carried out by African nationals, as well as to discuss strategies that could help African States and nationals to build capacity, engage in deep seabed activities in the Area and promote sustainable use of the maritime areas around Africa. 


  • Workshop on Fostering Cooperation to Promote Sustainable Development of Africa's Deep Seabed Resources; 22-25 October 2018, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Fostering Cooperation to Promote the Sustainable Development of Africa’s Deep Seabed Resources; 16-18 May 2019, Pretoria South Africa


SDG 14 Targets:  14.c

The Project Atlas of the African Blue Economy is a collaborative activity proposed by the African Minerals Development Center (AMDC), the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and GRID-Arendal (Norway) that will be implemented in cooperation with the African Union Commission and Parties of the UNCLOS, which have developed activities and collected data and information in the Atlantic, the Indian and the Pacific oceans, as well as in the Mediterranean sea and in the Red Sea.


  • Workshop: Marine Mineral Resources of Africa


SDG 14 Targets: 14.2 | 14.a | 14.c

Enhancement of the understanding of ecosystems functions and their role in climate change, as well as in identifying the magnitude of human impacts and vulnerabilities, require efforts to: 1) coordinate worldwide initiatives and, 2) provide the means for continuous and long-term monitoring/observing systems (LTOS) of the deep sea ocean realm.

SDG 14 Targets: 14.2 | 14.a

The ISA is committed to work towards the establishment of public accessible atlases regrouping scientifically classified species collected on the international seabed area. These atlases will be defined by habitat according to the different types of minerals that are explored. Accordingly, specific atlases will be produces to reflect the specificities of each ocean basin.

SDG 14 Targets : 14.2 | 14.a



Thursday 8 June 2017 ♦ 6:30 - 7:45 pm ♦  Conference Room 12, UN Conference Building

ISA, UN DESA, the Kingdom of Tonga and Mexico with the support of TOML/Nautilus Minerals Ltd co-organized a side event to raise awareness, and to discuss international mechanisms currently in place that enable developing countries and SIDS to build their technical and scientific capacity with regards to exploration activities undertaken in the Area.  Speakers include H.E Mr. Mahe’uli’uli Tupouniua, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Tonga to the United Nations; Mr Michael Lodge, Secretary-General of the ISA; Mr. Siosiua Utoikamanu, Development Economist, Member of the Legal and Technical Commission of the ISA, Kingdom of Tonga; Mr. Sainivalati Navoti, UN DESA, Chief, SIDS Unit; Mr. Mike Johnston, CEO, Nautilus Minerals; Dr Patrick Ho, Vice-Chairman and Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee; Mr. Alejandro Alday, Legal Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico; and Dr. Natalia Amezcua, Servicio Geológico Mexicano.