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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 the Republic of the Philippines

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Updated on 19 July 2012

On 8 April 2009, the Republic of the Philippines 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 in the Benham Rise region.

It is noted that the Convention entered into force for the Philippines on 16 November 1994.

According to the submitting State, this partial submission is without prejudice to the right of the Philippines to make other submissions for other areas at a future time.

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 partial submission made by the Philippines will be included in the provisional agenda of the twenty-fourth session of the Commission to be held in New York from 10 August to 11 September 2009.

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

    On 12 April 2012, the Commission adopted the “Recommendations of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in regard to the submission made by the Philippines in respect of the Benham Rise Region on 8 April 2009.”  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.

Recommendations (12 April 2012)

    Pursuant to the Rules of Procedures of the Commission, the Recommendations of the Commission, including their summary, are hereby made public.

Submission (2009)

 

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