Press release on the Russian delegation’s participation in the 42nd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
The 42nd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) was held in Prague, the Czech Republic, between July 1 and 11. It had been dominated by the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty and preparation for the 200th anniversary celebration of the discovery of Antarctica in 2020, toward which Russian explorers Faddey Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev made a huge contribution in 1819-1822.
The Russian delegation took an active part in the ATCM in Prague. The agenda included a wide range of topics related to how the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) operates and the regulation of activities in that region, including scientific research, management of aerial operations and regulation of tourist and other non-governmental activities in Antarctica.
The Antarctic Treaty provides a solid foundation for equitable and broad-based cooperation in Antarctica and has a huge potential for adjusting to new challenges.
All the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties have confirmed their commitment to the Treaty provisions and other ATS instruments. This shared outlook largely preconditioned the constructive and expressly friendly atmosphere at the Meeting.
The participants unanimously adopted the Prague Declaration to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty. As of 2019, there are 54 states party to the Treaty.
The main results of the meeting were posted in the ATCM Communique.