Oceans and Law of the Sea

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 the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Updated on 14 January 2011

On 9 May 2008, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 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, 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 relating to the continental shelf of Ascension Island.

It is noted that the Convention entered into force for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, including St. Helena and Dependencies, on 24 August 1997.

According to the submitting State, this is a partial submission. The submitting state requested that the note accompanying the submission, concerning other partial submissions to the Commission, be placed on this web site. [full text of the note]

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 partial submission, including all charts and coordinates contained in that summary.

The consideration of the submission made by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was included in the agenda of the twenty-second session of the Commission held in New York from 11 August to 12 September 2008.

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

On 15 April 2010, the Commission adopted the “Recommendations of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in regard to the Submission made by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in respect of Ascension Island on 9 May 2008.”  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 (2010)

    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 (2008)

 

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Continental Shelf Notification English | Français
Executive summary English
Communication from the United Kingdom Note from the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Secretary-General of the United Nations accompanying the lodgment of the partial submission of the United Kingdom
Communication from the United Kingdom dated 11 January 2011 Note from the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland addressed to the Secretariat of the United Nations
Communications received with regard to the submission made by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf
Netherlands

Note dated 28 August 2009: English

Japan

Note dated 19 November 2009: English

 

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