Highlights and images for 8 March 2018



On Thursday, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) discussed a draft text on compliance for insertion in the Council President’s statement on the work of this meeting. Delegates debated:

  • what constitutes non-compliance by contractors;
  • reporting obligations by sponsoring states; and
  • reporting by the Secretary-General to the Council.

Informal consultations were held in the evening.

In addition, the Council continued consideration of the draft regulations on the exploitation of deep-seabed minerals in an informal format, focusing on environmental provisions. Discussions focused on:

  • precaution;
  • discharges from mining activities;
  • environmental impact assessments and environmental monitoring; and
  • the role of regional environmental management plans in the draft regulations.

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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Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General

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

ISA participants from civil society and observer organizations

Wini Broadbelt, the Netherlands

Gaia Puleston, Australia

Philomène Verlaan, Sargasso Sea Commission

Kathy Ann Brown, Jamaica

Karen Tan, Singapore

Rose Kautoke, Tonga

Ariel Fernández, Argentina

Zentaro Naganuma, Japan

Alexis Eduardo Sandoval Cajar, Panama

Li Lin Lin, China

Arne Küper, Germany

Daniele Bosio, Italy

Tommo Monthe, Cameroon

Carlos Alberto Michaelsen den Hartog, Brazil

Sellé Mbengue, Senegal

Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway

Vijay Kumar, India

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group

Ernesto Malda, Mexico

Delegates from Belgium

Delegates from China in consultations

L-R: Laura Gavinelli and Daniele Bosio, Italy

L-R: Kenneth Wong, Canada, in a conversation with Arne Küper, Germany

Jamaica Conference Centre grounds


Negotiating blocs
African Group