The History of the Antarctic Treaty @ The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge [26 June]

The History of the Antarctic Treaty

18:00 - 19:15

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The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute
Lensfield Road, CB2 1ER Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
— Unfortunately Klaus Dodds, our speaker for tonight's event 'The Future of the Antarctic Treaty', is no longer able attend due to ill health. As an alternative, our curator Charlotte Connelly will be giving a talk on the history of the Antarctic Treaty followed by an optional 20 minute, whistle-stop tour of the museum led by Rosie Amos, one of our education team.

How do you govern an international continent? When twelve nations met in Washington DC in October 1959 to create the Antarctic Treaty, spirits were reasonably high. The Antarctic Treaty was intended to build on the legacy of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957-58, with a vision of a continent where international science and peace prevailed.
An area beyond national jurisdiction, the Antarctic is not like the world's oceans and atmosphere — seven countries are claimants and the two then superpowers (US and Soviet Union/Russia) reserve the right to make a claim to the world's remotest continent.
Professor Klaus Dodds will be looking back as much as looking forward as he discusses the future of this treaty. Can it continue to provide the necessary legal, moral and political framework to govern Antarctica peacefully?

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Available to view before and after the talk, an exhibition on the International Geophysical Year, The Year that Made Antarctica.
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