Norwegian diplomat elected as president of seabed assembly for 2005 Published: 23 August, 2005
THE International Seabed Authority began its eleventh session last week with its two top bodies, the Assembly and the Council, electing their presidents and adopting their agendas for the two-week gathering in Kingston, Jamaica, scheduled to conclude on 26 August.
The 148-member Assembly elected Olan Mycklebust of Norway as its president to preside at the eleventh session. Mr. Mycklebust, who is Deputy Director-General of Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was nominated by Finland on behalf of the Western European and Other States Group. The major task before the Council this session is the consideration of the rules, regulations and procedures for prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in the Area. In his first address to the Council, the President emphasized the need for efficiency and productivity in the discussions in order to achieve an international consensus regarding the regulations.
Olav Myklebust, is a career diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway. He is Deputy Director General and Head of Section for Treaty Law and Law of the Sea, of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway.
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