The provisions of the environmental protocol are binding and legally binding for all signatory parties. Never before have nations agreed on such a comprehensive and rigorous set of rules to protect the environment of an entire continent. Other rules on financial liability for environmental damage are being negotiated. By 2048, the unanimous agreement of all countries actively engaged in the management and governance of Antarctica – the advisory parts of the Antarctic treaty – would be obliged to amend the protocol for eliminating the mining ban. Subsequently, any advisory party may request a conference to review the functioning of the Protocol. Any change to the ban on the mining ban proposed at a review conference would only come into force if the signing of the treaty was the first cold war arms control agreement and the complaining countries were able to avoid the internationalization of Antarctic sovereignty. The 21st Consultative Meeting of the Antarctic Treaty (ATCM) was held in Stockholm, Sweden, on 6 and 17 June. After nearly 13 years of negotiations, the parties have agreed on rules of liability for environmental emergencies in Antarctica. The agreement requires states operating in Antarctica to take steps to prevent, minimize or limit the effects of an environmental emergency. The meeting also adopted guidelines for the development and implementation of environmental monitoring programs. The guidelines contain practical recommendations for states, but are not binding on Member States and guidelines for assessing environmental impacts in Antarctica, to ensure transparency and effectiveness of environmental impact assessment during the planning phase of possible activities in Antarctica. The Antarctic Treaty is at the heart of a series of related agreements that make up the Antarctic treaty system.
Other agreements include the Protocol on Environmental Protection annexed to the Antarctic Treaty (Madrid, 1991), the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals (CCAS, London, 1972) and the Convention on the Conservation of The Antarctic Wildlife and Sea (CCAMLR, Canberra, 1980). CCAS and CCAMLR are independent agreements, but they impose essential provisions of the Antarctic Treaty on their members, such as Article IV, which deals with territorial rights. Several international conflicts have led to the creation of an agreement for Antarctica.  After World War II, the United States considered establishing a claim in Antarctica. From August 26, 1946 to early 1947, Operation Highjump, the largest military expedition force that the United States sent to Antarctica in the present, consisted of 13 ships, 4700 men and numerous aircraft, was conducted.  Its objectives were the training of military personnel and test equipment in extreme cold conditions for a possible war in Antarctica. (9) Regular consultation meetings of active signatory states are held. The Antarctic Treaty and related agreements, known jointly as the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), govern international relations with Antarctica, the only continent in the world without a local human population. For the purposes of the contract system, Antarctica is defined as the entire land shelf and ice south of 60 degrees latitude. The contract came into force in 1961 and currently has 54 parties.
 The treaty provides for Antarctica as a scientific preserve, creates freedom of scientific inquiry and prohibits military activities on the continent.