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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 Friday, 18 August 2017

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ISA Assembly participants observing a moment of silence for the victims of recent terror attacks

On Friday, 18 August, the Assembly met throughout the day to consider a revised draft decision on the first periodic review of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Following consultations with capitals, delegates supported a revised schedule of meetings of the ISA organs and subsidiary bodies. Regional consultations were then held throughout the day on a reference to a joint proposal by the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) and the African Group on future elections of the members of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC). Eventually, delegates agreed to “taking into account that the Council will finally consider” the joint proposal prior to the next LTC election, and adopted the decision on the first periodic review. Review Committee Chair Helmut Tuerk (Austria) stated that the decision faithfully reflects the Review Committee’s recommendations and is “a great step forward in ISA’s history.”

Assembly President Muianga gaveled the meeting to a close at 3.50 pm.

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L-R: Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General; Eugénio João Muianga, Mozambique, Assembly President; Chris Brown, ISA Secretariat; and Helmut Tuerk, Austria, Review Committee Chair


Md. Humayun Kabir, Bangladesh, speaking on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Group


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

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group


Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General

Eugénio João Muianga, Mozambique, Assembly President


Jean-Michel Despax, France

Sheila Sealy Monteith, Jamaica

Ariel Fernández, Argentina


Maruthadu Sudhakar, India

Shinichi Yamanaka, Japan

Kristian Jervell, Norway


Delegates from the Asia-Pacific Group consulting


Delegates from the African Group consulting with Eugénio João Muianga, Mozambique, Assembly President


ISA regional coordinators in informal consultations


Helmut Tuerk, Austria, Review Committee Chair

Eugénio João Muianga, Mozambique, Assembly President, gaveled the meeting to a close at 3:50 pm


Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General, congratulates Eugénio João Muianga, Mozambique, Assembly President



L-R: Dhisadee Chamlongrasdr, Thailand; John Khoo, Singapore; and Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga


L-R: Kristian Jervell, Norway; Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General; and Kenneth Wong, Canada


Secretary-General Lodge with delegates from the African Group


ISA staff behind the scenes


Liliana Valles, ISA Secretariat, exhibiting ISA merchandise


L-R: Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General, with Elisa Morgera, Panagiotis Pomakis, Nancy Williams, Asterios Tsioumanis, and Franz Dejon (behind the camera), IISD Reporting Services






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