Next summer campaign will confirm 34 years of uninterrupted presence of Uruguay in Antarctica

“For more than 30 years our country has maintained a permanent presence in Antarctica, which responds to a State policy,” said Defense Minister Jorge Menéndez. “Uruguay promotes an Antarctic policy that responds to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations,” he added. Last Tuesday the Minister of Defense, Jorge Menéndez, along with the Viceminister of Housing, Land Planning and Environment, Jorge Rucks, the President of the Uruguayan Antarctic Institute (IAU), Daniel Núñez, and other national authorities dismissed the Antarkos XXXIV, which will offer logistical support to scientific activities for a year. The ceremony coincided with the launch of the 2017-2018 Antarctic Summer Campaign. Menéndez recalled that Uruguay joined the Antarctic Treaty in 1980 and since October 7, 1985 is one of the 29 consulting members, among the 53 participating countries, to date, in this treaty.

For more than 30 years Uruguay has maintained a permanent presence in Antarctica, which responds to a State policy” he remarked. “Promoting our Antarctic activities contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations,” he head.

Regarding the Antarctic Summer Campaign 2017-2108 the president of IAU, Daniel Núñez, stated that “It will be the longest campaign of the last decade” . The 14 members of the Antarkos XXXIV crew will remain in Artigas Antarctic Scientific Station for 178 days. On this occasion, the extension of the laboratory will be completed, from 34 square meters to 106, as well as the total remodeling of the kitchen, the dining room and rooms. Núñez also recorded the acquisition of a ship that will allow scientists to work on board.

The event took place this Tuesday in the passenger lounge of the Air Brigade n. ° 1, with the presence of the Viceminister of Housing, Land Planning and Environment, Jorge Rucks, the rector of the University of the Republic, Roberto Markarian, the dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Juan Cristina, and the Commander in Chief of the Air Force, Alberto Zanelli.