THE MARINE MAMMAL COMMISSION COMPENDIUM
MULTILATERAL / ANTARCTICA
Volume(s) 1-3; pages 15-17
Measures Approved or Recommended Under Article IX in Furtherance of Principles and Objectives of the Antarctic Treaty, Buenos Aires, 1962 Adopted at Buenos Aires 28 July 1962
Effective 11 January 1963
Primary source citation: 14 UST 99, TIAS 5274
[RECOMMENDATIONS OF SECOND ANTARCTIC TREATY CONSULTATIVE MEETING]
The Meeting unanimously agreed to adopt the following recommendations:
II - I
The Representatives recommend to their Governments that, in accordance with Article III of the Antarctic Treaty and in the light of recommendations made by SCAR, they take measures contributing to:
1. The completion by July 1, 1963, or as soon thereafter as practicable, of the transmission by scientific organizations to the recognized international data gathering centres of scientific observations carried out in Antarctica from 1957 until 1959 inclusive, and 1960 if possible.
2. (a) The free availability and exchange, by all appropriate means, of scientific observations and results, in every scientific discipline, obtained by expeditions in any part of Antarctica;
(b) the prompt transmission, preferably within a year of the receipt in each country of the data from Antarctica, of such observations and results to the recognized international data gathering centres, where such centres exist.
3. (a) The free availability of published results of Antarctic research carried out since the beginning of the International Geophysical Year;
(b) the transmission to the recognized international data gathering centres, before July 1, 1963, of such publications already issued;
(c) the transmission to these centres of future publications within two months of their issue or as soon thereafter as practicable.
II - II
Recalling and reaffirming Recommendation I-VIII of the First Consultative Meeting, and expressing their conviction that the general rules attached to that Recommendation should be scrupulously observed.
The Representatives recommend to their Governments that:
a) they collect and exchange information on the measures which they have adopted for the protection of living resources in the Antarctic;
b) they promote the further exchange and evaluation of information about the existing state of living resources in the Antarctic;
c) they consult together with a view to the establishment, in an appropriate form and at an early date, of effective and internationally agreed measures on this subject,
d) these consultations should take into account the rules attached to Recommendation I-VIII of the First Consultative Meeting, the recommendations made on this subject by SCAR, the proposal submitted by the Delegation of the United Kingdom in Document P.3 to the Second Consultative Meeting, and the views expressed by Delegations in the discussion of this item;
e) in the course of the meetings held to prepare the Third Consultative Meeting they undertake the task of formulating, on the basis of the principles enunciated above, the draft text of measures on this subject to be submitted to that Consultative Meeting with a view to its approval and recommendation to Governments.
II - III
The Representatives, taking into consideration Recommendation I-XI of the First Consultative Meeting concerning Antarctic radio communications, recommend to their Governments that the proposed meeting of specialists in Antarctic radio communications should take place between May 1 and August 31, 1963 on a date and at a place to be fixed.
II - IV
In accordance with Article VII paragraph 5 of the Antarctic Treaty, the Representatives recommend to their Governments that they should endeavour to furnish prompt and full information regarding their Antarctic activities as listed in Recommendation I-VI of the First Consultative Meeting, and within the time limits indicated in that Recommendation.
II - V
The Representatives recommend to their Governments that in view of Recommendation I-VII of the First Consultative Meeting designed to achieve one of the objectives of the Antarctic Treaty, namely the creation of conditions necessary for carrying out scientific investigation, and in view of the logistic symposium organized by SCAR which is soon to take place:
a) a meeting or symposium of experts should be held, to review the present state of knowledge acquired on the organization of expeditions, logistic support and transport, in order to evaluate such knowledge;
b) consultations be held during the preparations for the next Consultative Meeting to fix a suitable date, place, organization and agenda for such meeting or symposium.
II - VI
The Representatives recommend to their Governments that they report through diplomatic channels, as soon as possible, and in any case prior to June 30 of each year, on any extensions, reductions or other modifications in the development of the activities previously reported in accordance with Article VII paragraph 5 of the Antarctic Treaty, and Recommendation I-VI of the First Consultative Meeting.
II - VII
The Representatives recommend to their Governments that, in order better to implement Articles II and III of the Antarctic Treaty and Recommendations I-I and I-II of the First Consultative Meeting, they should make appropriate arrangements:
a) to expedite the execution of administrative procedures required by their Laws, regulations and binding international agreements that apply to shipments of samples, specimens, records and scientific instruments related to Antarctic scientific research;
b) to provide proper care in the handling of this type of shipments.
II - VIII
The Representatives recommend to their Governments that they should encourage, by whatever means they consider appropriate, international cooperation and the interchange of scientific personnel, observations and results, in connection with their respective national programmes of Antarctic scientific investigation and research associated with the International Year of the Quiet Sun (1964-65).
II - IX
The Representatives recommend to their Governments:
a) that they take the necessary steps to examine as soon as possible, in conformity with their legal and constitutional procedures, the recommendations adopted by any Consultative Meeting and that they take a decision on such recommendations as they find themselves able to approve as soon as possible after such recommendations have been officially communicated to them by the Government which was the host for the Consultative Meeting concerned;
b) that if they find themselves unable to give early approval to one or more of the recommendations of a Consultative Meeting, they should signify their approval of the remaining recommendations, whether separately or as a group, as soon as they are able to do so.
II - X
The Representatives recommend that their Governments accept the offer made by the Delegation of Belgium, to the effect that the Third Consultative Meeting under Article IX of the Antarctic Treaty be held in Brussels.
This Meeting will be held on a date to be decided upon by agreement among the participating Governments.
With reference to Recommendation II-X, the Chilean delegation expressed the hope that in the near future the Consultative Meeting will recommend to the Governments that the sessions referred to in Article IX of the Antarctic Treaty be held every two years, on the date considered most appropriate, without prejudice to advancing these dates or convening extraordinary sessions should circumstances render it advisable.