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Fijian Envoy Thomson Leads Seabed Council

Ambassador Peter Thomson was on Tuesday elected by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) as its council president at its 21st Session. The meeting is underway at the authority headquarters in
17 Jul 2015 12:09
Fijian Envoy Thomson Leads Seabed Council
Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Peter Thomson (sitting, middle), in Jamaica with members of the Pacific delegation.

Ambassador Peter Thomson was on Tuesday elected by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) as its council president at its 21st Session.

The meeting is underway at the authority headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica.

Fiji is one of the 167 members of the authority.

A principal function of the authority is to regulate deep seabed mining and to give special emphasis to ensure that the marine environment is protected from any harmful effects which may arise during mining activities, including exploration.

“I would like to place our deliberations within the context of the momentous events that are occurring in the world this year; events which, depending on their outcome will inescapably shape the world in which our children must live,” Mr Thomson said in his opening address.

“The landmark Climate Change Conference, to be held in Paris in early December, the so-called COP21, will result in international commitments that may or may not be sufficient to contain the effects of climate change at sustainably existential levels.

““Neither can this council ignore the warnings of science, captured in last year’s report by the Global Ocean Commission with the conclusion that our oceans and seas are in trouble.”

“Never let it be said that we here at the International Seabed Authority have been guilty of this characterisation.

“We must be able at all times to stand, hand on heart, and affirm we have been true to the principles and purposes of the Law of the Sea, which of themselves are explicit on the subject of environmental responsibilities.”

Commander of the Fiji Navy, John Fox also attended the meeting that ends next week.

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