Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo presents his credentials to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Mr. Michael Lodge | Photo via Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the UN
NEW YORK – On the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Ambassador Enrique Manalo of the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in New York presented his credentials to Michael Lodge, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) during the 32nd Meeting of the States Parties to UNCLOS held at the UN Headquarters in New York.
As its first Permanent Representative to the ISA, Manalo said his accreditation reaffirms the “Philippines’s firm support to the International Seabed Authority as it fulfills its mandate of organizing and controlling all mineral-resources-related activities in the Area for the benefit of mankind as a whole while proceeding within the framework of sustainable development.”
Established in 1982 under the 1982 UNCLOS, States Parties to UNCLOS organize and control all mineral-resources-related activities in the international seabed area or the Area. ISA covers around 54 percent of the total area of the world’s oceans. It is mandated to ensure the effective protection of the marine environment from harmful effects that may arise from deep-seabed-related activities. The Area and its resources are the common heritage of mankind.
“We acknowledge the ISA’s role, and the Secretary General’s work, in ensuring the development of capacity building measures that meet needs of developing countries like the Philippines,” Manalo said. “We appreciate ISA’s capacity building activities, particularly the Deep DiplomaSea webinar series, and look forward to the launch of Deep Dive, ISA’s E-learning platform,” he added.
ISA is headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica. It became fully operational as an autonomous international organization in 1996. As of June 14, 2022, ISA has 168 members, including 167 member States and the European Union. All States Parties to UNCLOS are also members of ISA.
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