Bulgaria Hosts Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

Environment | June 1, 2015, Monday // 13:55|  views

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The aim of the forum is to exchange information, formulate measures and decide upon measures for promoting eco-friendly policies. Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev made a speech at the official opening ceremony.

''Antarctica shall be used for peaceful purposes,freedom of scientific investigation in Antarctica shall continue,projects, scientific observations and personnel shall be freely exchanged, the position of states regarding territorial sovereignty is not prejudiced, nuclear explosions and radioactive waste disposal are forbidden, and Parties may inspect each other’s facilities at any time,'' the Treaty states.

It advocates comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment and designates Antarctica as a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science.

In 2015, Bulgaria is hosting the event between June 1 and 10 at the National Palace of Culture (NDK) for the very first time in its history. The 38th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) alongside the 18th Meeting of the Committee on Environmental Protection (CEP XVIII).

Bulgaria is one of the 22 consultative parties and the list also includes Argentina, australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea (ROK), the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russian Federation, South africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the US and Urugway.

More information on the forum can be accessed here

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