Researchers and personnel of Polish Arctowski Station (WAP POL-Ø1) in Antarctica did celebrate the Antarctica Day on last Dec. 1st .
The annual celebration was launched in 2010 to commemorate the signature of the Antarctic Treaty on December 1st, 1959, which defines the legal and political status of Antarctica. We are celebrating the peaceful aims of the treaty and its contribution to the independence of scientific research. We hope that educational events taking place around the world will contribute to spreading the knowledge about the treaty and increase awareness of the needs to protect the vulnerable Antarctic environment.
Antarctica Day is celebrated internationally on 1 December, marking the day of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959 when 12 Nations signed the Antarctic Treaty agreeing to 14 commands, including that Antarctica will be used for peaceful purposes only. 59 years ago, Antarctica became a continent dedicated to peace and scientific international collaboration. Today, Antarctica is seen as “a natural reserve, devoted to peace and Science”.