Flag of Antarctica

Antarctica has no official flag as the condominium that governs the continent has not yet formally selected one. Although the consultative members of the Antarctic Treaty System officially adopted an emblem in 2002 which is sometimes used as a flag, this emblem represents the Antarctic Treaty and not the continent itself.

Graham Bartram designed a proposal using the flag of the United Nations as its model. A plain white map of the continent on a blue background symbolizes neutrality. This flag was flown on the Antarctic continent in 2002 when Ted Kaye took several on an Antarctic cruise. On this trip, it flew at the Brazilian base Comandante Ferraz and the British Museum at Port Lockroy. The Graham Bartram design is currently used for the “Flag for Antarctica” emoji on all supported platforms.

The nations of the Antarctic Treaty use their own national flags at their respective Antarctic research bases.

Flag of Antarctica Treaty
Flag of Antarctica Treaty

The Antarctic Treaty was signed in Washington on 1 December 1959 by the twelve countries whose scientists had been active in and around Antarctica during the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957-58. It entered into force in 1961 and has since been acceded to by many other nations. The total number of Parties to the Treaty is now 54. More information can be found ats.aq

Proposed Flag of Antarctica
Proposed Flag of Antarctica
Flag of Antarctica
Flag of Antarctica

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