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India to Host 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Kochi

India reaffirms its commitment to safeguarding Antarctica’s delicate ecosystem and advancing scientific exploration in the region. The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, in collaboration with the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), is set to host the 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM 46) and the 26th Meeting of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP 26) from May 20 to 30, 2024, in Kochi, Kerala.

Antarctic Treaty

The Antarctic Treaty, enacted in 1959 and enforced in 1961, designates Antarctica as a zone dedicated to peace, scientific collaboration, and environmental preservation. Over 56 countries have ratified the Treaty, showcasing global support for its principles.

Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP)

Established under the Madrid Protocol in 1991, the CEP advises the ATCM on environmental conservation and protection in Antarctica. India, a Consultative Party since 1983, actively contributes to the decision-making process alongside 28 other Consultative Parties.

India’s Involvement

India’s participation in the ATCM underscores its dedication to Antarctic affairs. With two year-round research stations – Maitri (1989) and Bharati (2012) – India conducts vital scientific expeditions in Antarctica.

Upcoming Meetings

ATCM 46 and CEP 26 will convene in Kochi, Kerala, providing a forum to address ongoing challenges in Antarctica and foster collaboration in environmental preservation and scientific research.

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