The ISA Council during the 2nd Part of the 25th Annual Session of the ISA
The first part of the 26th annual session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) will consist of a meeting of the ISA Council convening from 17-21 February 2020, and a meeting of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) from 24 February - 6 March 2020, in Kingston, Jamaica.
At this meeting, the Council’s agenda includes a number of important issues. In particular, Council members will continue discussions on the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area (the seabed and ocean floor and subsoil thereof, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction). The draft exploitation regulations need to balance the provision of benefits to humankind on one hand, and ensure the protection of the marine environment on the other, as well as assess the role, expectations, and obligations of states, contractors and the ISA.
At the last Council meeting, delegates expressed their intention to “ensure a thorough and timely development of the regulations, bearing in mind that necessary standards and guidelines should be developed before their adoption.” During the intersessional period, Council members submitted comments on the draft exploitation regulations presented and discussed at the last meeting in July 2019.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from the 1st Part of ISA-26. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has publish a summary and analysis report in HTML and PDF.
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