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Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting Press Briefing

Notice to the Press
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 16, 2009


On Friday, April 17, at 4:30 p.m. (ET), senior representatives attending the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting will brief reporters on the outcomes of this year’s meeting, which took place in Baltimore, April 6-17, 2009. The meeting began with the first ever joint session of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting and the Arctic Council hosted at the Department of State and included an address by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Participants in Friday’s press briefing will include Tucker Scully, Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting Chair; Jan Huber, Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting Executive Secretary; and Evan Bloom, head of the United States Delegation. This on-the-record briefing will take place via conference call.

The Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting was attended by nearly 400 diplomats, Antarctic program managers and logistics experts, and polar scientists from 47 countries, including 28 Consultative Parties with a scientific presence in the Antarctic, to discuss several issues, including environmental protection, the advancement of science, and the management of tourism.

The Consultative Parties to the Antarctic Treaty include: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay.

NUMBER – 1-866-617-1526 (United States and Canada)
NUMBER – 47-800-11118 (Norway)

Additional information on the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting is available at:

For further information contact:
Billie Gross
(202) 647-6664

PRN: 2009/337

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