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Resolution 6 (2016) - ATCM XXXIX - CEP XIX, Santiago

 
SubjectConfirming ongoing commitment to the prohibition on Antarctic mineral resource activities, other than for scientific research; support for the Antarctic Mining Ban
Status
Adopted 01/06/2016
Category Environmental protection
Mineral resources
Topics - Environment Protocol
- Mineral exploration
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Confirming ongoing commitment to the prohibition on Antarctic mineral resource activities, other than for scientific research; support for the Antarctic Mining Ban

The Representatives,

Recognising that the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (“the Protocol”), which was signed twenty-five years ago, is an essential element of current efforts to protect the Antarctic environment;

Noting that Article 7 of the Protocol provides that in the Antarctic Treaty area any activity relating to mineral resources, other than scientific research, shall be prohibited;

Taking into account that outside the Antarctic Treaty system there are many in the public and media who incorrectly believe that the Protocol expires in 2048;

Recalling that in accordance with its Article 25, the Protocol does not expire in 2048;

Recalling that in paragraph 5 of the Washington Ministerial Declaration on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty the Consultative Parties reaffirmed their commitment to Article 7 of the Protocol;



Recommend that their Governments:

1. acknowledge the benefits to the Antarctic environment and dependent and associated ecosystems that have resulted from the prohibition on activities relating to mineral resources, other than scientific research, under Article 7 of the Protocol;

2. reaffirm their commitment to Article 7 of the Protocol; and

3. declare their firm commitment to retain and continue to implement this provision as a matter of highest priority to achieve the comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment and dependent and associated ecosystems.
Relevant Final Report paragraph110
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