This Policy Brief highlights lessons learned from the last period review process, explains why it is timely and relevant for the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to launch this review, and provides recommendations to ensure the review is both meaningful and impactful.

Key Messages

  • The periodic review of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) serves as a tool to provide accountability and oversight, and a ‘fit-for-purpose’ regime is critical for legitimacy and continuous support of the international community for the ISA.
  • The ISA aims to adopt a decision on the next periodic review during next year’s Assembly.
  • States and the ISA Secretariat can start preparing for the launch of the second periodic review including by (i) deciding on the scope, mandate and process of the review (i.e. the terms of reference), (ii) considering the ISA’s budget and capacity constraints and (iii) reflecting on a process to implement and to track progress of implementation to follow up on the recommendations eventually adopted by the Assembly.
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