The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea was signed by 119 countries in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in December of 1982. The Law of the Sea Convention came into force on November 16, 1994, and the inaugural session of the International Seabed Authority was held in Kingston in November 1994.
The Headquarters of the Authority is located in Kingston, Jamaica, particulars of which are as follows:
International Seabed Authority
Jamaica Conference Centre
14-20 Port Royal Street
Kingston, Jamaica, W. I.
The Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority is Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton.