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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 Tuesday, 8 August 2017

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Bird's eye view of the opening plenary of the ISA Assembly

On Tuesday morning, the Assembly and Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) held their opening plenaries back to back, addressing their respective administrative matters. The Assembly also considered requests for observer status. The Legal and Technical Commission resumed its work in the afternoon.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from the 23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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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; Khurshed Alam, Assembly President for the 22nd Session; and Chris Brown, ISA Secretariat


Assembly delegates observing a moment of silence


Khurshed Alam, Assembly President for the 22nd Session

Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General


Khurshed Alam, outgoing Assembly President congratulates Eugénio João Muianga, incoming Assembly President


Sheila Sealy Monteith, Jamaica

Gaia Puleston, Australia


Khurshed Alam, Assembly President for the 22nd Session

Mariusz Orion Jędrysek, Poland

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group


Graham Leung, Nauru

Dakuku Peterside, Nigeria

Kenneth Wong, Canada


Jean-Michel Despax, France

Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Uganda

Robert Ward, International Hydrographic Organization


Participants at the opening Council plenary


Carlos Alberto Michaelsen Den Hartog, Brazil


Mariusz Orion Jędrysek, Poland, Council President for the 22nd Session

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


Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General, welcoming delegates from Tonga


L-R: Thembile Joyini, South Africa; Duncan Currie, Greenpeace; and Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria


Delegates from China




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International Seabed Authority

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