The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is committed to timely and effective achievement of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda through implementing the economic, social and environmental mandates assigned to it by UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement. Such mandates include (i) ensuring that activities in the Area are carried out for the benefit of mankind as a whole (ii) ensuring effective protection for the marine environment and of human life with respect to activities in the Area (iii) promoting and encouraging the conduct of marine scientific research in the Area (iv) fostering healthy development of the world economy and balanced growth of international trade and (v) promoting the effective participation of developing States in activities in the Area.
All SDGs are of relevance to the work of ISA although it currently contributes particularly to advance 9 of the 17 SDGs . In order to furthering the understanding of the current and potentially future contribution of ISA through its mandate under UNCLOS to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an in-depth report has been commissioned. The key findings covering the interlinkages with the SDGs will be presented and discussed at the side-event.