Highlights and images for 5 March 2018



On Monday, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) opened for the first part of the 24th annual session in Kingston, Jamaica.

Following a flag ceremony performed by the Caribbean Maritime University, the Council addressed organizational matters and heard reports on the status of exploration contracts, the implementation of the 2017 Council decision relating to the summary report of the Legal and Technical Commission Chair and a preliminary strategy for the development of regional environmental management plans for the Area.

The Council also considered information related to contractors' compliance with the plans of work for exploration, and a proposed memorandum of understanding between the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization and the ISA. The discussion focused on:

  • regional environmental management plans; and
  • compliance issues, such as penalties and confidentiality.

For more about the day’s events, read the Earth Negotiations Bulletin daily report.

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 1st Part of the 24th Session of the International Seabed Authority. The summary and analysis is now available in HTML and PDF.

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L-R: Olav Myklebust, Norway, Council President for the 24th Session, welcomed by Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General

Olav Myklebust, Norway, Council President for the 24th Session

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

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

Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General

L-R: Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, ISA Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General; Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General; Olav Myklebust, Norway, Council President for the 24th Session; and Gwénaëlle Le Gurun, ISA Secretariat

Karen Tan, Singapore

Kathy Ann Brown, Jamaica

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group

Gaia Puleston, Australia

Kenneth Wong, Canada

Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway

Didier Ortolland, France

Eduardo Bonilla, Chile

Vladimir Vinokurov, Russian Federation

Wini Broadbelt, the Netherlands

Carlos Alberto Michaelsen den Hartog, Brazil

Li Lin Lin, China

Tommo Monthe, Cameroon

Conn Nugent, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Duncan Currie, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

View of the ISA Council session

Delegates from China consulting

Cadets from the Caribbean Maritime University, Kingston, Jamaica


Negotiating blocs
African Group