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23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority

8-18 August 2017 | Headquarters of the International Seabed Authority, Kingston, Jamaica

Highlights for Thursday, 10 August 2017

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Karen Tan, Singapore, in a discussion with delegates from the Asia-Pacific Group

On Thursday, 10 August, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) met throughout the day to address: Poland’s application for approval of a work plan for polymetallic sulphides exploration; India’s application for extending the contract for polymetallic nodules exploration; proposed amendments to the ISA staff regulations; the report of the Finance Committee; and a mechanism for future elections of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) members.

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View of the Jamaica Conference Centre, venue to the 23rd Annual Session of the ISA


L-R: Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General; Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General; Christine Griffiths, ISA Secretariat; Ariel Fernández, Argentina, Council President for the 23rd Session; and Gwénaëlle Le Gurun, ISA Secretariat


Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General

Ariel Fernández, Argentina, Council President for the 23rd Session


Christian Reichert, Germany, Legal and Technical Commission Chair

Mariusz Orion Jędrysek, Poland


Jamaican delegates examine mineral samples from Poland


Mineral samples from Poland donated to the ISA museum


Maruthadu Sudhakar, India

Gaia Puleston, Australia


Delegates from the Asia-Pacific Group consulting


L-R: Ariel Fernández, Argentina, Council President for the 23rd Session; Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General; and Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General


Andrzej Przybycin, Poland, Finance Committee Chair

Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General


Philip Riley, South Africa

Sheila Sealy Monteith, Jamaica


Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Uganda

Ma Xinmin, China


L-R: Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh, confers with Karen Tan, Singapore


L-R: Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, in a conversation with Carlos Alberto Michaelsen Den Hartog, Brazil


Participants from observer organizations in a discussion


L-R: Tini Duburiya, Nauru; Zhuo Xiaojun, China; Paul Lynch, Cook Islands; and Graham Leung, Nauru


Participants in the breezeways










Specific funding for coverage of the 23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority
has been provided by the International Seabed Authority
International Seabed Authority

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