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Rear Admiral Alam of Bangladesh has been elected as President of the 26th Session of the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The election by Council members formally took effect on 1 October 2020, through a silence procedure similar to the process adopted by the 30th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The face-to-face meetings of the second part of the 26th Session of the Council, have been further postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are most likely to take place in early December 2020.
Secretary-General of ISA Mr. Michael W. Lodge congratulated Rear Admiral Alam and wished the Council a successful Session under his leadership.
A former Defense Adviser in the Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia, Mr. Alam is Secretary of the
Maritime Affairs Unit of the Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as President of the
ISA Assembly in 2016.
The ISA Council consists of 36 members elected by the ISA Assembly for a four-year period. As the
executive organ of ISA, the Council establishes specific policies in conformity with UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement, and the general policies set by the Assembly.
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