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Fiji At Seabed Authority Meeting

Fiji At Seabed Authority Meeting
Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources Malakai Finau (sitting left) and the Secretary-General for the International Seabed Authority Michael Lodge (sitting right) at the 24th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Kingston, Jamaica. Photo: DEPTFO News
July 21
10:00 2018

A Fijian Government delegation led by the Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources Malakai Finau is attending the 24th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Kingston, Jamaica.

In his address, Mr Finau stressed the need for “socio-economic impacts on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to be adequately reflected in the “Draft Regulations for Exploitation in the Area”.

Mr Finau added that given the vulnerabilities of SIDS and their reliance on the oceans as a source of livelihood, the draft regulations needed to adequately reflect this.

He highlighted royalty payments and other benefits and the need to clarify what forms of revenues would be received once mineral exploitation began and how this would be distributed among all Member States, including SIDS, as part of the common heritage of mankind.

The 24th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) commenced on Monday, July 16, with the resumption of the ISA Council. Fiji, a member of the ISA Council, met representatives from other council member states to discuss draft regulations on exploitation in the “Area”.

The ISA is an international autonomous body established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 1994 Agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of (UNCLOS).

This year’s council meeting is important because Fiji is vying for re-election to the council for continuity and to further strengthen Fiji’s engagement at the ISA.

Fiji delivered interventions on the draft regulation during the council meeting with regard to the implications of deep seabed mining on the marine environment (environmental aspects), financial model and contract terms and the rights and obligations of contractors.

The 24th Session of the ISA will continue next week with the assembly meeting from July 23–27, 2018, in which the assembly will endorse and adopt some of the issues discussed during the council session.

Mr Finau was accompanied by the Acting-Director Mineral Resources, Apete Soro, Fiji’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York Second Secretary Salaseini Tagicakibau, Maritime Affairs Co-ordinating Committee (MACC) Officer Epeli Maisema and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Fiji’s representative to the ISA-Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) Dr. Russell Howorth.

 

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