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Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS)
Outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines:
Submissions to the Commission
: Submission by France

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Updated on 12 October 2009

On 22 May 2007, France submitted to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, in accordance with Article 76, paragraph 8, of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982, information on the limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured in respect of the areas of French Guiana and New Caledonia.

It is noted that the Convention entered into force for France on 11 May 1996.

In accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Commission, a communication is being circulated to all Member States of the United Nations, as well as States Parties to the Convention, in order to make public the executive summary of the submission, including all charts and coordinates contained in that summary.

The consideration of the submission made by France was included in the agenda of the twentieth session of the Commission held in New York from 27 August to 14 September 2007.

Upon completion of the consideration of the submission, the Commission shall make recommendations pursuant to Article 76 of the Convention.

    On 2 September 2009, the Commission adopted the “Recommendations of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in regard to the submission made by France in respect of the areas of French Guiana and New Caledonia on 22 May 2007.”  Pursuant to article 6, paragraph 3, of annex II to the Convention, the recommendations, including a summary thereof, were submitted in writing to the coastal State and to the Secretary-General.

Summary of the Recommendations (2009)

    Pursuant to section V. paragraph 11 (3) of Annex III to the Rules of Procedures of the Commission, the summary of the Recommendations is hereby made public.

    Summary of the Recommendations

Submission (2007)

 

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Continental Shelf Notification English | Français
Executive summary English | Français
Communication from France Letter dated 18 July 2007: English | Français

Reaction of States to the submission made by France to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

In response to the note verbale of the Secretary-General, which was circulated in conformity with the rules of procedure of the CLCS, communication were received from:
Vanuatu
Letter dated 11 July 2007: English only

New Zealand

Note dated 15 August 2007: English only

Suriname

Note dated 17 August 2007: English only

Note:
The designations employed in the submissions, including description of the areas, are as contained in the communications from submitting States or in the executive summaries. Their listing on this web site and the presentation of material do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

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