Bangladesh has been elected President of the Assembly of the 168-member International Seabed Authority (ISA).

Secretary (Maritime Affairs Unit) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Md Khurshed Alam took charge as President of the 22nd Annual Session of the Assembly in Jamaica on Tuesday.

The foreign ministry on Wednesday said this was a “remarkable achievement and honour for Bangladesh”.

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.

In the first session, after assuming the chair, Khurshed highlighted that Bangladesh hadbeen active in annual sessions of the ISA.

It has contributed to drafting of international rules and regulations on the exploitation of polymetalic nodules, ferro manganese crust and polymetalic sulphides.

He highlighted a number of important developments as oceans have featured prominently in the outcome document “The Future We Want”.

He also emphasised that social, economic and environmental dimensions facing the planet are “interlinked and should be addressed through an integrated approach”.

The foreign ministry said Bangladesh has also been elected to another major organ of the ISA Council for another four year term — 2017-2020.

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