The northernmost point on the earth’s surface is the North Pole. I heard on the news that Russia left its flag on the seabed, 4,000 m (13,100ft) beneath the surface, as part of its claims for the oil and gas reserves, which shows Russia’s high interest and awareness of the natural resources in the North Pole area.
According to the article by Remy Novostei (Translated by G.Grachev-Pravda.ru) Russia claims ownership of the rich energy resources under the North Pole. According to some experts, oil and natural gas reserves deposited under the North Pole are estimated at 100 billion tons at the very least. Moscow argues that waters off its northern coast extend into the North Pole and belong to its maritime territory because an underwater feature, the Lomonosov Ridge which is an extension of its continental territory. On Sunday, Denmark is sending a month-long expedition to the North Pole to study the same underwater ridge to see if it is connected to Greenland, a Danish territory. (BBC news- 10 August 2007). On the other hand Canada’s Prime Minister Mr.Stephen Harper said in reaction to the Russian action: “This government has put a big emphasis on reinforcing, on strengthening our sovereignty in the Arctic”.
This all shows how huge is the underground Wealth of The North Pole. The North Pole is located within international waters and any use of its benefits must be shared internationally.
By using this natural Wealth we can solve many problems on the earth such as poverty and diseases such as cancer and malaria and HIV.
We can help people in the forgotten continent “Africa” to rebuild their lands. If just one or a few countries can get the benefit of these international resources not only those problems cannot be solved but we will see that one day the most parts of Africa will be empty of life in the near future, and many people will be killed by disasters such as flooding which we currently see in south Asia.I urge the UN Security Council, particularly the secretary general Mr. Ban Ki-moon to prepare and establish a resolution in order no country alone can make use of the North Pole’s benefits.
In fact every single human must be able to use its benefits…The North Pole belongs to all.