International Seabed Authority

International organisations are an important part of the UPSC syllabus. It forms a part of international relations. In this article, you can read about the International Seabed Authority for the IAS exam.

The International Seabed Authority is an autonomous international body that deals with the organizing, regulating and controlling of all mineral-related activities in the international seabed area beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. It was formed in 1994 under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982) and Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1994). The Authority is headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica. Satya Nandan from Fiji was the organisation’s first Secretary-General. India is a member of this UN-established body.

International Seabed Authority Functions 

An important function of the authority is the regulation of deep seabed mining, protection of the marine environment from the harmful effects of mining, exploration and exploitation. The authority also promotes marine scientific research. Apart from these, the International Seabed Authority also conducts training programmes, seminars, conferences and workshops on the scientific and technical aspects of the work it does.

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