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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 Wednesday, 9 August 2017

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Wini Broadbelt, the Netherlands (center), confers with Laurens de Jonge and Aleyda Ortega, the Netherlands

Following a morning meeting of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC), the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) convened on Wednesday afternoon to address: the status of exploration contracts and related matters; the status of laws, regulations and administrative measures adopted by sponsoring states and other ISA members with respect to activities in the Area; the implementation of the decision of the Council in 2016 relating to the summary report of the LTC Chair, including on the development of draft regulations on exploitation, data management, and environmental management plans; and a mechanism for the future elections of LTC members.

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The ISA Council in session

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

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

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

Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General

Frida Armas-Pfirter, Argentina

Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga

Karen Tan, Singapore

Malakai Finau, Fiji

Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh

Ma Xinmin, China

Arie Poluzzi, Indonesia

Andrew Murdoch, UK

Young Lee, Republic of Korea

Wini Broadbelt, the Netherlands

Paul Lynch, Cook Islands

Carlos Alberto Michaelsen Den Hartog, Brazil

Matthew Gianni, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General (right), in a conversation with Megan Jungwiwattanaporn, Guinnevere Roberts and Conn Nugent, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Malakai Finau, Fiji (right), in a discussion with delegates from Indonesia

L-R: Ernesto Malda and Alonso Francisco Martínez Ruiz, Mexico

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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