International Seabed Authority Ends Seventeenth Session In Kingston

The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority ended its seventeenth session in Kingston today after adopting a series of decisions this morning. The legislative arm of the Authority agreed:

  • to a proposal by the Group of 77 and Jamaica to convene a special meeting during the eighteenth session to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the opening for signature( on 10 December 1982 in Montego Bay, Jamaica) of the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea. The Authority’s Secretary-General was requested to undertake activities in observance of the anniversary.  
  • that preparations should start on the formulation of a mining code for exploitation of deep sea minerals in the international seabed Area; and
  • to endorse the election of 15 members of the Finance Committee also to serve for five years, from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016.