Highlights and images for 7 March 2018



On Wednesday, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) continued consideration of the draft regulations on the exploitation of deep-seabed minerals in an informal format with a view to conveying the outcome as a Council President’s summary to the ISA Legal and Technical Commission.
On the basis of a briefing note on stakeholders’ submissions on the regulations, delegations exchanged views on: a payment mechanism; the role of sponsoring states; and the role and legal status of standards, recommendations and guidelines.

Discussions focused on:

  • the scope and approach of the independent financial model;
  • options for a revenue- or profit-based payment scheme; and
  • the responsibility of sponsoring states, the ISA and contractors, including questions of liability.

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; Gwénaëlle Le Gurun, ISA Secretariat; and Richard Roth, Massachusets Institute of Technology (MIT)

L-R: Chris Brown, ISA Secretariat; Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, ISA Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General; and Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General

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

Richard Roth, MIT

Tano Koffi Bertin, Côte d'Ivoire

Jung-Eun Kim, Republic of Korea

Tommo Monthe, Cameroon

Vijay Kumar, India

Karen Tan, Singapore

Li Lin Lin, China

Arne Küper, Germany

Kathy Ann Brown, Jamaica

Ariel Fernández, Argentina

Piotr Nowak, Poland

Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga

Wini Broadbelt, the Netherlands

Gaia Puleston, Australia

Matt Gianni, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

Gavin Watson, UK

Humayun Kabir, Bangladesh

Ju Lei, China

Young Lee, Republic of Korea

Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway

Rose Kautoke, Tonga

Eduardo Bonilla, Chile

L-R: Kathy Ann Brown, Jamaica, in a discussion with Carlos Alberto Michaelsen den Hartog, Brazil

L-R: Didier Ortolland, France, in conversation with Guy Sevrin, Belgium

L-R: Qinghu Feng, China, with Kenneth Wong, Canada

Lowri Mai Griffiths, UK, in a conversation with Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway, and Zentaro Naganuma, Japan

Mohamed Atlassi, Morocco, reading the ENB

L-R: Nicole Lyas, Australia; José Palencia Osorio, Colombia; and Gaia Puleston, Australia

Bird's eye view of the ISA 24th Council