P-SIDs Regional Training & Capacity Building Workshop, Nauru

Role and Responsibilities of Sponsoring States
Yaren, Republic of Nauru | 7-8 August 2019



In February 2019, the Pacific Regional Training and Capacity-Building workshop was held in Nuku’alofa, Kingdom of Tonga. Organized by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) with the support of the Kingdom of Tonga, this workshop had two objectives. First, to enable participants to deliberate and agree on how participation of P-SIDS could be increased in activities undertaken in the Area and accordingly, to identify what would be necessary to ensure that they fully benefit from such activities. Second, to clearly identify the main capacity-building needs of Pacific Sponsoring States (Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga) that are necessary if they want to take fully benefit from their participation in activities in the Area with a view of achieving their Blue Economy objectives.

The workshop participants adopted an Outcome document and identified specific capacity-building needs for sponsoring States to fulfill their role and responsibilities under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as well as ISA’s rules, regulations and procedures.


The Regional Training and Capacity Building Workshop on the “Role and responsibilities of sponsoring States” scheduled to be held in Yaren, Nauru, aims at bringing two representatives of each P-SIDS sponsoring State. It is anticipated that this workshop will not only enable participants to gain better understanding of the critical elements relating to the role and responsibilities of sponsoring States under international law, but will ensure that participants could identify ways to strengthen existing mechanisms and processes in place that concur to fulfil their responsibilities. Additionally, it is expected that the workshop would provide the opportunity to discuss further how can Sponsoring States can leverage their relationship with contractors to increase their participation in activities in the area (non-monetary benefits) including to support their national objectives.



Presentation  |  Role and responsibilities of Sponsoring States : General overview;  Mr Yongsheng Cai, Senior Legal Officer, ISA 

Presentation  |   Contractual arrangement between States and contractor;  Mr Chilenye Nwapi, Legal Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat 

Presentation |   What practical steps a sponsoring State needs to take to ensure that it complies with its obligations?   Mrs Chin Siew Fei, Deputy Director-General of the International Economics Directorate of our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore 


Presentation |  Monitoring, Supervision and inspection;  Mrs Chin Siew Fei, Deputy Director-General of the International Economics Directorate of our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore 

Presentation  | Seabed Minerals Authority; Mr Paul Lynch, Seabed Minerals Commissioner, Cook Islands

Presentation | Enforcement Architecture for Seabed Mining - Tonga;  Ms Rose Kautoke, Deputy Solicitor General, Tonga

Presentation |  National Law Enforcement Mechanisms;  Mrs Joyce Uaan, Senior Compliance Officer for Deep Seabed Mineral Activities

Presentation |  Benefits of the Sponsoring State - Belgium, GSR's Perspective;  Mrs Celine Taymans, Environmental Engineer, GSR

Presentation | ISA Obligations in 3 Week Old Seabed Minerals Act 2019; Mr Paul Lynch, Seabed Minerals Commissioner, Cook Islands


Wednesday, August 7, 2019 to Thursday, August 8, 2019
Yaren, Republic of Nauru