Welcome to the 43rd ATCM!

The 43rd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, hosted by France, will be held from 14 to 24 June.

Due to the global health crisis, it cannot be guaranteed that all of the delegations would be able to travel to Paris in June. Therefore, France will organize the Meeting by videoconference on the dates initially scheduled for the physical meeting.

This website will be a tool:

  • To help delegation members organize their attendance of the 43rd ATCM;
  • But also to help the general public become more familiar with Antarctica and learn about the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.

Info for delegates

Are you a member of a delegation?

Find all the practical information on visas, transport, accommodation, as well as links to your registration and working documents.

43rd ATCM Dates

To the attention of delegates

View the calendar of the 43rd ATCM:

The main dates of the Antarctic Treaty

Logo of International Geophysical Year (IGY)

Key dates

  • International Geophysical Year (IGY). Its success, amid the Cold War, made it possible to hold the Washington Conference during which the Antarctic Treaty was negotiated.

  • Signature of the Antarctic Treaty in Washington

  • Adoption of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals

  • Adoption of the Conservation of Antarctic Living Marine Resources (CCAMLR)

  • Adoption of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, known as the Madrid Protocol

Some important provisions of the Antarctic Treaty

  • 01

    Antarctica shall be used for peaceful purposes only
  • 02

    Freedom of scientific investigation and international scientific cooperation
  • 03

    Status quo regarding territorial claims
  • 04

    Environmental protection

Did you know ?

  • Penguins only live in the Southern Hemisphere, they do not fly and belong to the Spheniscidae family. Auks, however, only live in the Northern Hemisphere. They can fly and belong to the Alcidae family. Of course, you already knew that!

The Astrolabe ©TAAF

France in Antarctica

France is one of the pioneering nations in the Antarctic.

From the 18th century onwards, French navigators and explorers took part in epic voyages of discovery in the southern seas and Antarctica.

Today French scientists continue this longstanding tradition that has made France an active polar nation, not only on a scientific level – French scientists are permanently based on the great white continent conducting scientific research – but also on a political and diplomatic level, through France’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding the principles of the Antarctic Treaty and strengthening the protection of Antarctica’s environment and ecosystems.

The organisation of the 43rd ATCM is led by the ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs with the valuable assistance of:

  • the ministry for Ecological Transition;
  • the French Polar Institute « Institut polaire français Paul-Emile Victor »;
  • the TAAF « Terres australes et antarctiques françaises »;
  • France's national scientific research centre « CNRS »;
  • the French Natural History Museum.

French partner institutions

  • TAAF
  • CNRS
  • Ministère de la transition écologique
  • IPEV