On One Earth, One Family, One Future

  • 01 Jun 2024

India successfully concluded hosting of the 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM-46) and the 26th Committee on Environmental Protection (CEP-26) from May 20th to May 30th, 2024 in Kochi, Kerala.

Key Points

  • Organized by the Ministry of Earth Sciences through the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR).
  • These meetings brought together over 400 delegates from 56 countries to discuss various issues related to the Antarctic region, including science, policy, governance, environmental protection, and tourism management.
  • The ATCM-46 was held with theme “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” meaning “one Earth, one family, one future,” reflecting the Antarctic Treaty’s goals of peace, scientific cooperation, and environmental preservation.
  • The CEP-26 focused on issues such as sea ice change, environmental impact assessments, emperor penguin protection, and creating an international framework for environmental monitoring.
  • The committee adopted 17 management plans for Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPAs) and updated the list of historic and monument sites.
  • Mystamp customized with the ATCM-46 logo was released in collaboration with India Post