Monday, October 31, 2016

Argentina 2016 - 25th Anniversary of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty

ISSUE DATE: 4 October 2016
THEME:25° Aniversario de la firma del
Protocolo al Tratado Antártico
sobre Protección del Medio Ambiente
STAMP DESIGN: Correo Argentino

The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty was signed in Madrid on October 4, 1991 and entered into force in 1998. It designates Antarctica as a “natural reserve, devoted to peace and science” (Art. 2). 

Article 3 of the Environment Protocol sets forth basic principles applicable to human activities in Antarctica and Article 7 prohibits all activities relating to Antarctic mineral resources, except for scientific research. Until 2048 the Protocol can only be modified by unanimous agreement of all Consultative Parties to the Antarctic Treaty. In addition, the prohibition on mineral resource activities cannot be removed unless a binding legal regime on Antarctic mineral resource activities is in force (Art. 25.5).


Stamp images thanks to Correo Argentino

Correo Argentino