ISA Secretariat Holds the Second Meeting of National Focal Points for Capacity Development Matters in 2023
On November 14, 2023, the national focal points in charge of liaising with the Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) on matters relating to capacity development (NAFOP-CD) met for the second time this year. As of today, there are 59 NAFOP-CD.
The meeting was held virtually and involved several national focal points identified by ISA Members to assist the Secretariat with implementing ISA’s Capacity development strategy adopted in 2022. Mirroring ISA’s dedication to making certain that all its capacity development programs and projects meet the priority needs identified by its members, particularly those of developing States, including the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States, the NAFOP-CD meetings serve as a platform to embrace new members and showcase advancements in the execution of initiatives.
Specifically, NAFOP-CD assists in increasing awareness within national ministries and pertinent agencies about the mandate given to ISA by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea concerning capacity-building, capacity development, training, and technical assistance. At the national level, NAFOP- CD also guarantees the spread of pertinent information, aids in pinpointing their countries’ requirements for technical assistance and identifies potential collaborators to execute training and capacity development programs.
“The evolution and expansion of the NAFOP-CD network are pivotal to the successful implementation of ISA’s capacity development endeavors. Its role in effectively channeling and enhancing the reach of our training and resource allocation is indispensable,” said ISA Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Michael W. Lodge.
“With a growing number of Members appointing focal points, the network’s potential is becoming increasingly evident. ISA remains committed to refining and advancing the tools and mechanisms required to meet the identified capacity needs of our members,” he added.
Training and capacity-building have been integral to ISA’s activities since its establishment in 1994. This responsibility is also recognized in the Strategic Plan and the High-Level Action Plan for 2019–2025 under Strategic directions 5 (Build capacity for developing States) and 6 (Ensure integrated participation by developing States).