JAMAICA, Kingston (5 June 2018) – – On 5 June 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority convened a consultation with the Permanent Representatives to the Authority in order to present the revised draft Strategic Plan of the Authority for the period 2019-2023.

Following the open consultation for all stakeholders launched during the period 12 March to 27 April 2018, a total of twenty-three submissions were received. The largest number of submissions were made by members of the Authority (15), followed by Observers (4) and Contractors (3). One submission was made by an individual.

As underscored by the Secretary-General, Mr Michael Lodge, efforts were made to craft a strategic plan that is “action-oriented” and takes a pragmatic approach, placing emphasis on the highest priorities for the Authority for the period 2019-2023.

In his presentation the Secretary-General stressed that ISA is committed to a results-based approach and to full accountability, and the Plan will be complemented by the necessary tools for appropriate governance oversight and management, including a High-Level Action Plan and key performance indicators.

A further consultation will be held by the Secretary-General of the Authority on 12 June 2018 at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. World delegates will be meeting there for the twenty-eight Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The draft Strategic Plan will then be presented for adoption to the 24th Assembly of the Authority in July 2018.

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