International Seabed Authority Holds Briefing Session for Permanent Representatives

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.

The representatives were also introduced to the early stages of a strategic plan for the Authority.

In his presentation, Secretary-General Lodge said that in order to develop the plan, three strategic directions could be followed: 

•    Develop and maintain comprehensive regulatory framework; 
•    Promote participation of developing States and capacity building; and 
•    Enhance the status and effectiveness of the Authority.

After the briefing session, representatives were also privy to an unveiling ceremony of portraits of the two former Secretaries-General – HE Mr Satya N Nandan who served from 1995-2007 and HE Mr Nii Allotey Odunton who served from 2008-2016.

Kingston-based Permanent Representatives at the briefing session

Secretary-General Lodge introducing the early stages of the strategic plan for the Authority

Portraits of former Secretaries-General, HE Mr Satya N Nandan and HE Mr Nii Allotey Odunton

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