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On 17 December 2020, the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) formally endorsed the shift towards a programmatic approach to capacity development and requested the Secretary-General to prepare and implement a dedicated strategy to meet the needs identified by ISA members, in particular geographically disadvantaged States, landlocked developing countries, small island developing States and least developed countries.
Training and capacity-building have been an integral feature of ISA’s activities since its establishment in 1994. This responsibility is also recognized in the Strategic Plan and High-Level Action Plan for the period 2019–2023 under strategic direction 5 (Build capacity for developing States) and 6 (Ensure integrated participation by developing States).
Following the decision of the Assembly, the Secretariat will design a strategy in 2021 that builds on national ownership and leadership, fosters strategic partnerships, and leverages the accumulated knowledge, while ensuring that the required resources – financial and human – are in place to enable member States to make the best possible use of the opportunities available to them.
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