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Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz  

Swiss Committee on Polar
and High Altitude Research

A Committee of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences



Antarctic Treaty

The main purpose of the Antarctic Treaty, which was signed in Washington on December 1, 1959, is to ensure "in the interest of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue for ever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord."

Since 1991, Switzerland is an ordinary party (without the right to vote) of the Treaty.

Swiss Delegate: Dr. Reto Dürler (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA – Directorate of International Law DIL)


Full text of the Antarctic Treaty


Antarctic Treaty Database


Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty:


Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research

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