The Antarctic Treaty System Some Challenges for the Future. Drawing on the information from and inspiration of this Summit, let's look ahead 50 years and ask what kind of Antarctica we hope will exist?.
Drawing on the information from and inspiration of this Summit, let's look ahead 50 years and ask what kind of Antarctica we hope will exist?
Recent surveys of AT parties, scientists and the public provide interesting inputs that resonate with what we've heard at this Summit. The highlights:
- The only ATCM so far to take a proactive approach to the media was the UK at Edinburgh. That proved to be a very positive experience, yet it has not been followed. The media is essentially shut out of ATCM and CCAMLR meetings.
- Documents from ATCMs are not public until after each meeting, and documents from CCAMLR are never made public. That makes it very difficult for the media and the public to know what is happening. Even an accredited NGO such as ASOC cannot access the CCAMLR document archive for past meetings maintained by the Secretariat.