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The 40th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting will be held in Beijing in 2017



At the 39th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) held in Chile on 1 June 2016, the Chinese delegation formally announced that China will host the 40th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM XL). The meeting will be held in Beijing in 2017. This will be the first time for an ATCM to be held in China.


The ATCM is an annual decision-making mechanism established under the Antarctic Treaty. It is an important intergovernmental multilateral conference on Antarctic international governance. The meeting of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP), established under the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, is held concurrently with the ATCM.


There are 53 contracting parties to the Antarctic Treaty, 29 of them are Consultative Parties for their substantial research activities in Antarctica. Only Consultative Parties can participate in the decision-making of ATCM. China acceded to the Antarctic Treaty in 1983 and became a Consultative Party in 1985.


The 39th ATCM was held in Santiago, Chile from 23 May to 1 June 2016. Over 300 delegates from 38 state-parties of the Antarctic Treaty, and observer organizations and NGO representatives, attended the meeting.