Mexico – Key statements

Date: 11 November 2022

March 2023


  • Called to avoid over regulation or unnecessary regulation

October/November 2022


  • Stated that the decision to modify plans of work should be the responsibility of the technical rather than the administrative entity of the ISA.


  • Mexico stated that we need to develop a legal framework to allow responsible exploitation of the deep sea in the future and we need to take time to do so.


  • Mexico noted that we risk falling into “monopolization by contractors since the annex speaks of limits of monopolization for states and not for private entities.”

July/August 2022


  • Supported the operationalization of the EPC


  • Supported mandatory environmental thresholds and stated that they must be adopted before any exploitation activity.


  • Called for references to relevant applicable international agreements be deleted. On this issue, the DSCC stated that “We very much regret losing a reference to relevant applicable international agreements- the current proposal would only be referencing ISA documents in isolation to the important body of international law including the BBNJ agreement for example.”
  • The delegation also called for streamlining of text.


  • Mexico stated that “…Participation by an independent experts should not mean the responsibility is transferred from the contractor. It must be accountable for implementation and any insufficiencies in terms of that implementation. Mexico is not in favour of the plans being of the responsibility of the authority or third party. This is in line with the results based approach under which this draft regulation comes in, which is supported by delegation. In the same vein, my delegation stresses the importance of ramps before expedition activities understand that the planning activities cannot be started unless there’s a ramp in place in the area.”
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