Highlights and images for 25 February 2019



Highlights for Monday, 25 February 2019

Lumka Yengeni, South Africa, is congratulated by Olav Myklebust for her election as the ISA Council President for 2019.

International Seabed Authority On Monday, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) opened for the first part of the 25th annual session in Kingston, Jamaica.The Council elected its President and Vice-Presidents for 2019, addressed organizational matters, and heard reports on the status of exploration contracts, the implementation of the 2018 Council decision relating to the summary report of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) Chair and a strategy for the development of regional environmental management plans for the Area.The Council also considered components of the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area, focusing on the financial model, as well as on standards, guidelines, and key terms.Highlights of the day include:

  • election of Lumka Yengeni (South Africa) as Council President for 2019;
  • final steps towards the public launch of the database;
  • development of a work programme for the period 2019–2020 to implement the preliminary strategy for the development of regional environmental management plans;
  • progress towards developing common understanding on the financial model, notwithstanding varying opinions, and a decision to continue work under the relevant working group; and
  • the need to prioritize certain guidelines and balance certainty for industry against flexibility to keep pace with expanding knowledge.
  • Two side events took place during the day, organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI).For extensive details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

    IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from the 1st Part of ISA-25. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, has published a summary and analysis report of the meeting, which is available in HTML and PDF.

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    The 1st Part of the 25th Annual Session of the ISA opens at the ISA headquarters in Kingston
    Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General
    Olav Myklebust, Outgoing Council President for the 24th Session
    Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group
    Lumka Yengeni, South Africa, Council President for the 25th Session
    The dais during plenary
    Lowri Mai Griffiths and Gavin Watson, UK
    Vladimir Vinokurov, Russian Federation
    Tian Qi, China
    Young Lee, Republic of Korea
    Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga
    Tetsuya Yoshimoto, Japan
    Urs Daniel Engels, Germany
    Diva Amon, Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative
    Chin Siew Fei, Singapore
    Duncan Currie, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition
    Michelle Walker, Jamaica
    Conn Nugent, Pew Charitable Trusts
    Enrico Milano, Italy
    Patricio Ureña Palacio, Argentina
    Conn Nugent, Pew Charitable Trusts, in discussions with the Chinese delegation
    Mariusz Orion Jędrysek, Poland, and Olav Myklebust, Norway
    L-R: Denys Wibaux, France; Guy Sevrin, Belgium; and Didier Ortolland, France
    Marie Bourrel-McKinnon, ISA Secretariat, and Alison Swaddling, The Commonwealth
    Lowri Mai Griffiths, UK, and Julian Wilckens, Germany
    L-R: Nicole Lyas, Australia; Jennifer Warren, Lockheed Martin; and David Yardley, Australia, share a laugh before the start of the session.
    Nicole de Paula, ENB, and Kenneth Wong, Canada
    Delegates consult informally
    Around the Venue
    The Chinese delegation with Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General
    The Japanese delegation
    The Brazilian delegation


    Negotiating blocs
    African Group