Ceremonial marker at
the South Pole,
including flags of the original
signatory nations of
the Antarctic Treaty
Signed in 1959, the Antarctic Treaty provides the legal framework for the region beyond 60º South latitude. It reserves the region for peace, promotes scientific investigations and international cooperation, requires an annual exchange of information about activities, and encourages environmental stewardship. Representatives of the 28 voting nations (Consultative Parties) and the 20 non-voting (Acceding Parties) meet regularly to discuss Treaty operations.
Agreements negotiated within the Antarctic Treaty system include environmental protection measures for expeditions, stations, and visitors; waste-management provisions; a ban on mining; establishment of specially protected areas; and agreements for the protection of seals and other marine living resources.
Antarctic Treaty Information
The Antarctic Treaty
U.S. Antarctic Treaty Information Exchange
Handbook of the Antarctic Treaty System—U.S. Department of State
Antarctic Treaty Secretariat , Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Committee for the Environmental Protocol
Council of Managers of Antarctic National Programs
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
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