The Council of the International Seabed Authority International adopted a decision proposing Nii Allotey Odunton of Ghana as the sole candidate for election as Secretary-General of the Authority.

The Council’s recommendation now goes to the Authority’s Assembly which is expected to vote sometime next week.

Mr. Odunton, currently Deputy to the Secretary-General, will succeed Mr. Satya N. Nandan, who is stepping down at the end of the year after three successive four-year terms as Secretary-General.

During its meetings at the 14 Session, the Council also recommended a $12,516,500 budget for the Authority’s operations for the biennium 2009-2010, along with a United Nations model scale of assessment of members’ contributions. (A $11,782,400 budget was adopted in 2006 for the inter-governmental body’s work for 2007-2008).

The Assembly is scheduled to consider the Council’s recommendations on Thursday, 5 June.