The work undertaken by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) thus far to develop meaningful capacity-building opportunities for developing States is widely considered as exemplary. Nonetheless, the ISA could deepen the effectiveness and impact of its capacity development work by proactively seeking to enhance the role of women in marine scientific research. This could be achieved through participation in different capacity-building opportunities, such as contractor training, the Endowment Fund, internships and others. Today, women who wish to engage further in marine scientific research still face real and substantial challenges that are specific to their gender. Because of its understanding of the real and tangible benefits to advance development progress by fully including women in marine science, the ISA believes that increasing their participation through capacity-building could effectively contribute to the enhancement of the scientific and technological capabilities of developing States, and in particular those of SIDS and LDCs.
Accordingly, the ISA is resolved to:
raise awareness on the importance of the role of women in marine scientific research;
of the concrete additional benefits accruing to societies and economies of doing so; and
give preference, when possible, to qualified female applicants, in particular from developing countries.
Updates to voluntary commitment