Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting - new education resource

International cooperation in Antarctica

International cooperation in Antarctica

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Following the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting which took place in Brussels in 2013, IPF has produced a debate exercise which is aimed for students aged 16-18 years. The exercise is based on an Antarctic Treaty inspection report produced in 2012, when an international team travelled to Antarctica to inspect several research stations. In groups, the students evaluate and discuss how well the provisions of the Environmental Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty have been met by each station and what they could do to make improvements. They present their findings as if they were at the Treaty Meeting.

The Antarctic Treaty System is an international agreement set up to protect Antarctica, requiring high standards of environmental protection and the reporting of all activities on the continent. It has been signed by over 50 nations and is a good example of successful international diplomacy.

To download the exercise, visit the Education Material section of the website.

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