Norway – Key statements

Date: 10 November 2022

March 2024


  • Norway supports the ISA’s exclusive competence in regulating deep-sea mining, while also recognizing OSPARs expertise in the marine environment.


  • On EIAs, Norway agrees with the Netherlands that there is value in drawing on BBNJ EIA procedures and welcome their integration.
  • REMPs to be in place before any consideration of a POW. 


  • Norway believes that an environmental compensation fund is a last resort when there are no other remedies by contractors or sponsor states.


  • Norway emphasized the importance of transparency and suggested removing the time limit on publication on the ISA’s website – calling to make information available permanently.


  • Norway believes States are on overtime in developing regulations 
  • “Lots of work to do”
  • Norway is open to various solutions for modalities. and see merit in informal-informals 
  • Norway cherishes the valuable input from observers as long as that is useful.

November 2023


  • Norway agrees no mining in area without complete mining regulations in place.
  • “We will not support mining activity unless it is clearly documented that it can be done safely and without harmful effects + precautionary principle + enforcement and compliance”
  • The delegation expressed that the absolute best way to avoid having a work plan to mine considered before regulations are adopted is to redouble efforts to finish the regulations.
  • Norway stated that there could be merit in allowing for informal informals when relevant & necessary and if outcomes are shared openly and transparently with council and observers allowing for comment and frank discussion.


  • Norway recognises the importance on including intangible cultural heritage and look forward to discussion

July 2023


  • Norway encourages the Commission to hold open meetings and also to to include other experts not only scientists but also members of civil society as this gives them an opportunity to engage in this process


  • Norway highlighted the importance of competent independent experts during the approval process of a Plan of Work


  • When the two year rule was triggered it initiated a two year timeline to adopt regulations for exploitation. This deadline has failed to be met. 
  • Norway agrees with the objective that mining should not occur without complete regulations in place and until there is clear and scientific evidence that it can be done safely as well as with clear mechanism for monitoring and inspection and with clear benefit sharing


  • Testing mining should not be mandatory because it could have negative environmental impacts and the damage costs could be more severe than the benefits achieved. Instead there should be a requirement for “technology testing”.

March 2023


  • Norway stated that “we look forward to working with other delegations inter-sessionally in the different groups on the independent compliance mechanism and on several of the environmental issues”


  • Called for no mining unless and until we have necessary knowledge about ecosystems – more information is needed
  • Called for no mining before regulatory framework is established – committed to work diligently for purpose of timely adoption of mining code


  • Remains convinced that the Council’s assessment of any Plan of Work must rely on LTC opinion.
  • Stated: “We can’t be led away from our efforts by political consideration, UNCLOS requires us to finalize rules, regulations and procedures within two years.”


  • Stated – “Before proceeding, let me also take this opportunity and thank you facilitator for giving our friends from civil society an opportunity to pronounce themselves and also some representatives of indigenous communities. I think it’s important for us as stakeholders and states to hear different perspectives. So we thank you for that.”
  • Commented that “our national experience suggests that third party certifications can lead to a diffusion of responsibility, at least from our vantage point is very important that we have the contractor being accountable and held responsible for whatever transgressions were to happen.”

October/November 2022


  • A prohibition against deep-sea mining seems an unfortunate departure from our collective endeavors to complete the mining code and thus achieve our legal obligations under UNCLOS. 
  • Norway shares many of the concerns raised and believes in the objective that mining should not occur without complete regulations in place. In our view, the best way to achieve this is to continue and to redouble our efforts to finish these regulations.


  • Norway stated that they are committed to trying to finish the regulations by 2023.
  • The delegation stated they are committed to obligation to finalise and believe council must redouble efforts


  • Called for the LTC to have oversight of REMPs

July/August 2022


  • Queried references to other rules of international law.
  • Stated that there is merit in simplifying the text


  • Agreed with Costa Rica on effective control and the transfer of rights.


  • Norway stated the need for “exploitation regulations with stringent standards while following the precautionary principle”
  • The delegation supported the UK in ensuring that all environmental documents and data are made available.

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