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World - Bangladesh Elected International Seabed Authority President

Secretary of the Maritime Affairs Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rear Admiral (retd) Md Khurshed Alam will lead the 26th session of ISA

Secretary of the Maritime Affairs Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rear Admiral (retd) Md Khurshed Alam has been elected as the president of the 26th session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA).

ISA was established in 1994, pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea-1982, and is aimed at administering the mineral resources of the deep seabed beyond areas of national jurisdiction.

ISA, having its headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica is the organization through which state parties to UNCLOS organize and control all mineral-resources-related activities in the area for the benefit of mankind as a whole. In doing so, ISA has the mandate to ensure the effective protection of the marine environment from harmful effects that may arise from deep-seabed related activities.

Alam was elected to preside over the 26th session on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the members of the ISA have endorsed a proposal to take decisions of a procedural nature during the 26th session of the assembly, including its opening, through a silence procedure similar to the process adopted by the 30th meeting of states parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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