COMNAP is the international association, formed in 1988, which brings together its Members, who are the National Antarctic Programs. National Antarctic Programs are those organizations that have responsibility for delivering and supporting scientific research in the Antarctic Treaty Area on behalf of their respective governments and in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty. The main issues that the organization deals with are the safety of navigation in Antarctic waters, emergency planning, international inspections of the infrastructure of research stations, etc.
In 2004, Ukraine became a member of COMNAP, fulfilling the obligations of the Consultative Party to the Antarctic Treaty, 1959.
The COMNAP Annual General Meeting (COMNAP AGM) is a non-political meeting where delegates learn from experience, discuss plans for future Antarctic seasons, and receive information about ongoing operations within national Antarctic Programs as well as develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica.
More information about COMNAP: www.comnap.aq