JAMAICA, Kingston (13 June 2018) – – On 12 June 2018, the International Seabed Authority organised a side-event on the margins of the 28th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to present the revised draft of the Strategic Plan for the Authority for the period 2019-2023.

In their presentation the Secretary-General, Mr. Michael Lodge, and the Legal Counsel/Deputy to the Secretary-General, Mr. Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, highlighted the main elements of the revised document. 

This revision is the outcome of the extensive consultation opened to all stakeholders between 12 March and 27 April 2018, whereby the Authority sought additional views, comments and improvements on the document. 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.

Particular attention was given to develop optimal tools to implement the Strategic Plan with a results-based approach, and to ensure accountability and transparency.

The Strategic Plan will be operationalised through a High-Level Action Plan and significant Key Performance Indicators. 

The revised Draft Strategic Plan is currently being translated into the six official languages of the Authority and will be submitted to its Assembly for consideration at the 24th meeting in July 2018. 


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