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JAMAICA, Kingston (17 July 2015) - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority meeting in Kingston yesterday elected its four vice-presidents for the twenty-first session.

The vice presidents are: Brazil, for the Latin American and Caribbean Group; Germany for the Western European and Others Group; Nigeria for the African Group and Poland for the Eastern European Group.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (4 July 2016) - - Extensions of the first set of exploration contracts, new applications for approval of plans of work for exploration and the development of draft regulations for exploitation of polymetallic nodules in the deep seabed beyond the limits of national jurisdiction (the Area) are among priority issues to be debated as the twenty-second annual session of the International Seabed Authority convenes in Kingston, Jamaica, from 11 to 22 July 2016. 

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JAMAICA, Kingston (10 April 2017)- - UN-Oceans is holding its 16th meeting at the International Seabed Authority headquarters in Kingston from 10-11 April 2017.

The meeting was opened by Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division on Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (and UN-Ocean Focal Point) and Secretary-General Michael Lodge of the Authority.

JAMAICA, Kingston (11 February 2018) - - Science, technology and innovation are powerful and dynamic drivers of progress in our world, and are essential for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The role of Women and girls is central to this effort. Ensuring their ready and meaningful access to the possibilities it offers will be instrumental to the fullest participation of developing States in the global economy. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (16 July 2018) - - The Secretariat today, presented its Data Management Strategy, the development of its database and its data web portal to member States during its 24th session meetings currently being held in Kingston.

The Secretariat also outlined the progress made in the transition to the training and policy development phase of the strategy.

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On 27 December 2013, the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), which is a Cook Islands state enterprise, submitted an application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for polymetallic nodules in a reserved area. The application is sponsored by the Government of the Cook Islands, The area under application is the reserved area portion of the G-TEC Sea Mineral Resources NV claim area in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone of the Pacific Ocean approved in July 2012.

H.E. Mr. Akramul Qader, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, presented his credentials as the Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Secretary-General of the Authority on 3 April 2013.

Ambassador Qader is a career diplomat in the rank of a state minister and  currently serves as the Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States, with responsibility for Mexico and Columbia.

H.E. Gerardo Lozano Arredondo presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority on 2 February 2012.

The Council of the International Seabed Authority in a meeting yesterday afternoon decided by consensus to adopt a draft decision related to the Regulations which it had continued to deliberate upon at the 16th Session.

The Council has decided to remove regulation 23: Overlapping claims, from the draft Regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area and reformulate its contents into a resolution.

The Authority's online library catalogue (CDS/ISIS) is accessible using a menu-driven generalised Information Storage and Retrieval system WINISIS. It is designed specifically for the computerised management of structured textural databases, particularly suited to bibliographical applications and is used for the many small and medium-sized libraries.

The Secretary-General had appointed a new Advisory Panel for the ISA Endowment Fund. The appointments became effective 1 November 2014 and would extend for a period of three years. The members of the Advisory Panel are as follows:

JAMAICA, Kingston (24 July 2015) - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority meeting in Kingston yesterday, adopted the procedures and criteria for extension of an approved plan of work for exploration and took note of the draft framework for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area.

Council members were able to resolve their differences over the content of a proposal by the Legal and Technical Commission on procedures that would govern the extension of an approved plan of work for exploration of marine minerals by contractors.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (16 July 2016) - - The International Seabed Authority and the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone.

The Contract was signed in Kingston on Friday 15 July 2016, in Kingston, by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton, and Michael Henry, the Director of CIIC.

The application for the exploration contract was approved by the Council of the International Seabed Authority on 21 July 2014. 

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JAMAICA, Kingston (30 May 2017) - - The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR), in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides with the International Seabed Authority, is offering four (4) at-sea training places for candidates from developing States within its 2017 training programme.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (23 March 2018) - - The Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) co-hosted a side event yesterday, 22 March 2018, on the margins of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).