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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 Monday, 14 August 2017

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Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General, consulting with Ariel Fernández, Argentina, Council President for the
23rd Session

On Monday, 14 August, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) exchanged preliminary views on the draft exploitation regulations that had been submitted by the Secretariat to the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC), and considered draft decisions on: the summary report of the LTC Chair, including a submission from the Netherlands on a tentative approval process of environmentally responsible mining technologies; and future elections of LTC members.

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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


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

Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General


L-R: Andrés Rojas and Frida Armas-Pfirter, Argentina


Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group


Eduardo Bonilla, Chile

René Lefeber, the Netherlands


Malakai Finau, Fiji

Gaia Puleston, Australia

Maruthadu Sudhakar, India


Arne Küper, Germany

Kathy-Ann Brown, Jamaica

Ma Xinmin, China


Carlos García Soto, Spain

Kate Neilson, New Zealand

Arie Poluzzi, Indonesia


Gavin Watson, UK

Shinichi Yamanaka, Japan

Carlos Alberto Michaelsen den Hartog, Brazil, speaking on behalf of GRULAC


Jean-Michel Despax, France

Ibrahim Zanna, Nigeria

Piotr Nowak, Poland


L-R: Duncan Currie, Greenpeace; Matthew Gianni, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition; and Simon Walmsley, WWF


Karen Tan, Singapore

Kristina Gjerde, IUCN


Information posters on the ISA


L-R: Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General; Wini Broadbelt, the Netherlands; Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General; and René Lefeber, the Netherlands


Cecilia Jaber, Mexico (left), in a conversation with delegates from Australia


Ariel Fernández, Argentina, Council President for the 23rd Session, with Carlos García Soto, Spain


L-R: Elisa Morgera, ENB/IISD Reporting Services, in a discussion with René Lefeber, the Netherlands


L-R: Malakai Finau, Fiji, in a conversation with Gwénaëlle Le Gurun and Anna Elaise, ISA Secretariat


Delegates from the Republic of Korea consulting





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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