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Fijian ambassador elected seabed authority president

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) has elected Ambassador Peter Thomson, Fiji's permanent representative to the United Nations, its president, Fiji's Ministry of Information said in its media release on July 14.

Ambassador Thomson was elected as ISA president by its assembly which is holding its annual session in Kingston, Jamaica.

The assembly is the supreme body of the organisation, consisting of delegations from 161 member states.

Following in the footsteps of former Fijian Ambassador and ISA Secretary-General Satya Nandan, Fiji has played a prominent role at the ISA since its inception.

Established in 1982

The International Seabed Authority was established by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Fiji was the first signatory to the Convention on December 10, 1982. The ISA is an autonomous international organisation, to which state parties to the convention are given the responsibility of organising, controlling and administering the resources of the international seabed beyond the limits of national exclusive economic zone (EEZ). — Xinhua

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