The Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty
The Antarctic Treaty operated without any continuing institution until 1 September 2004, when the Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty was established and based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Under direction of the ATCM, the Secretariat carries out the tasks specified in Measure 1 (2003), which can be summarized under the following headings:
- Supporting the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) and the meeting of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP).
- Facilitating the exchange of information between the Parties required in the Treaty and the Environment Protocol.
- Collecting, storing, archiving and making available the documents of the ATCM.
- Providing and disseminating information about the Antarctic Treaty system and Antarctic activities.
The Secretariat at present has a permanent staff of nine persons, assisted by support and project staff.