Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS)

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Established under T-XT8298 - United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), in conformity with annex II to the Convention.


As a technical body of experts, consider data and other material submitted by coastal states concerning the outer limits of the continental shelf in areas where those limits extend beyond 200 nautical miles, and make recommendations in accordance with article 76 of UNCLOS and the Statement of Understanding adopted on 29 Aug 1980 by Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea; provide scientific and technical advice, if requested by the coastal states concerned during the preparation of the above-mentioned data.


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Sessions (3 a year, at United Nations Headquarters, New York NY, USA) - work is also carried out between sessions. Expert body of 21 members, elected for 5 years by States Parties to UNCLOS. Members are eligible for re-election and serve in their personal capacity. Chairperson; 4 Vice-Chairpersons. Committees (2): Confidentiality; Scientific and Technical Advice to Coastal States. Sub-Commissions of 7 members, established to examine data and other material submitted by coastal states and provide its recommendations to the Commission. Secretariat provided by United Nations Secretary-General.


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