On April 29, 2003 the Danish Parliament decided to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This decision was later also endorsed by the Parliaments of the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
The Kingdom of Denmark ratified UNCLOS on November 16, 2004. It entered into force for the Kingdom of Denmark on December 16, 2004 and from this date the Kingdom has 10 years to put forward claims of extending the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles.
Five potential claim areas have been identified off the Faroe Islands and Greenland, potentially including the North Pole.
In order to provide the necessary database the Continental Shelf Project of the Kingdom of Denmark has been launched by the Ministry for Higher Education and Science in co-operation with the Faroese and Greenland governments. The project is a co-operation between various institutions in Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland.
At the end of 2014 five Partial Submissions have been forwarded to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS):
- On 29 April 2009 north of the Faroe Islands (NFM)
covering an area of approximately 88.000 km². On 12 March 2014, the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) made its recommendations
public endorsing the entire area claimed by the Government of Denmark together with the Government of the Faroes.
- On 2 December 2010 south of the Faroe Islands (SFM)
covering an area of approximately 608.000 km².
- On 14 June 2012 (south of Greenland SGM)
covering an area of approximately 115.000 km².
- On 26 November 2013 north-east of Greenland (NEGM)
covering an area of approximately 62.000 km².
- On 15 December 2014 north of Greenland (NGM)
covering an area of approximately 895.000 km².
This website provides you with information on the Continental Shelf Project of the Kingdom of Denmark, and some general information on UNCLOS.