The Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), H.E. Mr. Michael W. Lodge is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jose Dallo, from Spain, as Director of the Office of Environmental Management and Mineral Resources (OEMMR).

Mr. Dallo brings over 25 years of experience in the fields of environmental management, sustainable development governance, conservation and biodiversity, environmental negotiations and strategic partnerships.

Announcing the appointment today, the Secretary-General reasserted his ongoing commitment to ascertain ISA’s role in global ocean governance and to ensuring that, as per ISA Strategic Plan and High-Level Action Plan for 2019-2023, the work of ISA contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

“Mr. Dallo’s track record in multiple United Nations agencies and within the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the UN working on complex and multi-sectoral environmental issues of global importance makes him an exceptional candidate for the role,” Mr. Lodge said.

“His appointment as Director of OEMMR reaffirms the importance we attach to designing and implementing first-class environmental management measures that are informed by the best available scientific advice and in line with the precautionary approach, especially as the Authority continues to reinforce its capacity to fulfill its duty to regulate deep-seabed mining in the Area,” he added.

Prior to joining ISA, Mr. Dallo served in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the UN as Senior Environmental and Sustainable Development Officer within the Sustainable Development Unit. Before holding this position, he established and directed the UN Environment Programme Southern Cone Sub-Regional Office. Mr. Dallo also served as Senior Policy Advisor on Development Policies and Global Partnerships at the UN Development Operations Coordination Office.

Mr. Dallo has extensive expertise and experience in implementing development programmes and initiatives in different regions, including in the Directorate of the UN Development Programme’s Bureau for Development Policy, as the Representative of the Spanish Cooperation Agency in Honduras and Uruguay and as Deputy Representative in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Mr. Dallo also played an instrumental role in supporting the negotiations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Mr. Dallo holds Degrees in Economics and in Law, and an M.Sc. in Local Development from the Pompeu Fabra University in Spain. He completed his post-graduate studies at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua and graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Programme.

Mr. Dallo will take up his assignment in August 2022. Other key appointments at ISA this month include Ms. Lea Kolmos Weis, Legal Officer (Regulatory Affairs) and Ms. Noémie Wouters, Marine Scientific Research Coordination Officer.

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