Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General, in consultations with delegates from the Latin American and the Caribbean region
On Thursday, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) continued its deliberations on the report of the Chair of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC). It also addressed the report of the Special Representative for the Enterprise, focusing on ways to operationalize the Enterprise.
Highlights of the day included:
an interesting discussion on the timeline for finalizing the draft exploitation regulations, with many Council members prioritizing quality over deadlines;
exchange of ideas on a mechanism for an independent review of environmental plans;
an in-depth discussion on ways to operationalize the Enterprise, including progress on joint venture proposals;
consideration of preferences regarding the extension of the mandate of the Special Representative and the appointment of an interim director general; and
informal discussions on the way forward for the draft exploitation regulations, with some members requesting further work by the LTC and others opining that the Commission has finalized its work.
At lunchtime, a side event was organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) under the title “New Science in the Area.”
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from the 2nd Part of ISA-25. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, has published a summary and analysis from the meeting, which is now available in HTML and PDF.
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