JAMAICA, Kingston (1 March 2018) - - On Monday 26 February 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority presented its Draft Strategic Plan for the period 2019-2023 on the organisation’s website, in English and French, the two working languages of the Authority.
The Plan is the Authority’s highest-level document that will guide its direction and aims for a five-year timespan, and follows the request made by its member States at the last session of the Assembly, in August 2017 (ISBA/23/A/13). The landmark document constitutes a key instrument for the transparent and accountable governance and leadership of the Organisation.
The Draft reviews the context and challenges faced by the Organisation and sets out the Strategic Directions for the period 2019-2023 and, significantly, the expected results and priority outputs.
The Authority is fully committed to an extensive and comprehensive consultation process to ensure the final Plan will embody the views, priorities and ownership of all its members. As part of this consultation effort, a briefing session will be held on 7 March 2018 at the Council’s 24th session. All member States and Observers will be in attendance. Following this session, the Authority will engage broadly with stakeholders, seeking further comments, views and contributions. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General will hold additional meetings with representatives of Member States in Kingston, as well as permanent missions of the members of the Authority, in New York.