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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Jean-Michel Despax, France
Sheila Sealy Monteith, Jamaica
Ariel Fernández, Argentina
Maruthadu Sudhakar, India
Shinichi Yamanaka, Japan
Delegates from the Asia-Pacific Group consulting
Eugénio João Muianga, Mozambique, Assembly President, gaveled the meeting to a close at 3:50 pm
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