Cook Islands – Key statements

Date: 10 November 2022

March 2023


  • Agreed that more information is required before any decision can be made as to whether deep-sea mining can occur and stated various moratorium proposals don’t provide means to achieve that end. They have different meaning attached to them – calls often unclear as to which activities will be affected.


  •  We do not believe that the moratorium proposals are a way forward. They are often unclear as to what will be effected, explored or exploited.
  • The Cook Islands views that exploration activities should be allowed to continue.

October/November 2022


  • Disappointed by France’s position on a complete ban on deep-sea mining and questioned France’s continued role in the ISA as a council member and their expression contracts. 
  • The Cook Islands remains committed to working collectively and constructively on finalizing the draft expiration regulations with robust environmental standards in line with a firm and responsible precautionary approach. 

July/August 2022


  • Acknowledged the lack or presence of other PSID sponsoring State and note that all perspectives should be presented, asking that that their request be taken into consideration.
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