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
: Partial Submission by Malaysia in the South China Sea


On 12 December 2019, Malaysia submitted to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, in accordance with Article 76, paragraph 8, of the Convention, information on the limits of its continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured in the South China Sea.

It is noted that the Convention entered into force for Malaysia on 13 November 1996.

According to the submitting State “this is a partial submission for the remaining portion of the continental shelf of Malaysia beyond 200 nautical miles in the northern part of the South China Sea. Malaysia and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam had on 6 May 2009 made a joint submission for a portion of the two States’ continental shelf, in the southern part of the South China Sea”.

In accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Commission (CLCS/40/Rev.1), 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 partial submission made by Malaysia will be included in the provisional agenda of the fifty-third session of the Commission to be held in New York from 6 July to 21 August 2021.

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


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Continental Shelf Notification English | Français
Executive summary  English 
Communication from Malaysia
 Note dated 12 December 2019 from the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the Secretary-General of the United Nations transmitting the submission 

Communications received with regard to the submission

Communication dated 12 December 2019: Chinese | English


Communication dated 6 March 2020: Communication 1 | Communication 2


Communication dated 23 March 2020: Chinese | English

Viet Nam

Communication dated 30 March 2020: English | Original: Vietnamese [file reposted for technical reasons]

Communication dated 10 April 2020: Communication 1: English | Original: Vietnamese | Communication 2: English | Original: Vietnamese


Communication dated 17 April 2020: Chinese | English [file reposted for technical reasons]


Communication dated 26 May 2020: English | Original: Indonesian

United States of America

Communication dated 1 June 2020: A/74/874 S/2020/483 


Communication dated 2 June 2020: Chinese | English

Communication dated 9 June 2020: A/74/886


Communication dated 12 June 2020: English  |  Original: Indonesian


Communication dated 18 June 2020: Chinese | English


Communication dated 23 July 2020: English


Communication dated 29 July 2020: English


Communication dated 29 July 2020: Chinese | English

Communication dated 7 August 2020: Chinese | English


Communication dated 27 August 2020: English

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Communication dated 16 September 2020: English


Communication dated 16 September 2020: French | English


Communication dated 16 September 2020: English


Communication dated 18 September 2020: Chinese | English


Communication dated 9 October 2020: English

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