The 26th Session of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) formally decided to name its deep-sea exploration museum in honour of its former Secretary-General, Mr Nii Allotey Odunton, recognizing his contribution to the advancement of the mandate of the Organization.
Mr Nii Allotey Odunton, from Ghana, served as ISA Secretary-General from 2009 to 2016.
Located at the headquarters of the Authority, the “Nii Allotey Odunton Museum” was formally launched in July 2019, on the margins of the 25th Anniversary of ISA.
The museum features findings of high scientific value such as samples of polymetallic nodules, polymetallic sulphides and cobalt crusts as well as a remarkable collection of model ships, a photo collection that spans the deep-sea plants as well as some historical facts about the Authority, donated by members, contractors and individuals.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was adopted by the Assembly under the silence procedure, to further postpone face-to-face meetings of the 26th Session of the Assembly to 2021. Delegates are invited to visit the museum once face-to-face meetings of the Authority resume in 2021.
Ms. Dana Schiopu, Communications Specialist, ISA firstname.lastname@example.org