Who owns and who governs Antarctica? 60 years of the Antarctic Treaty, Dr John Dudeney OBE
Gilbert White & The Oates Collection, Thursday 21 May 2020
2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the first landing on Antarctica, so Gilbert White and The Oates Collection have developed a series of talks on the history of Antarctica.
John Dudeney joined the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in 1966 as young scientist. He studied the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere (the ionosphere), and worked for BAS in a variety of roles including Head of a science division and – until retirement in early 2006 – as Deputy Director. He was a member of the UK delegation to the Antarctic Treaty from 1999 to 2005. He received the Polar Medal in 1976 and in 2004 was awarded the OBE for services to science.
The Antarctic Treaty was forged at the height of the cold war to call a territorial truce to competing land claims in Antarctica, though numerous complicated issues remain active today. He will explain how the Antarctic is governed now, how the Antarctic Treaty works and how its deliberations are carried forward in practice. Numerous hot issues now confront the diplomats, managers and scientists as they seek to manage and protect the Antarctic, and he will look at the issues challenging the Treaty in the future.
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