Eight States take part in 16 treaty actions as annual UN event continues

29 September 2008 –

Marking the fifth day of the United Nations treaty event to encourage collective participation in multilateral pacts, eight Member States today took 16 treaty actions by ratifying or signing separate conventions, agreements, treaties and optional protocols.

The Foreign Minister of Tanzania and the Deputy Prime Minister of Laos today signed the Convention on Enforced Disappearances.

Tanzania additionally signed the Optional Protocol to the Disabilities Convention, while Laos ratified the Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods as well as the Financing of Terrorism Convention, making them the 166th State Party to the latter Convention.

The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs also attended the event to personally ratify the UN Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property.

Switzerland ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on Discrimination Against Women, which was also signed today by the Republic of Congo and Zambia.

Endorsing three treaties in total, the Republic of Congo also signed the Optional Protocol to the Torture Convention and the Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers.

Zambia also signed two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and an additional Optional Protocol to the Disabilities Convention.

Following in the footsteps of Romania, Australia, Spain and the Czech Republic, the Philippines signed the International Tropical Timber Agreement.

In the meantime, Belarus ratified the Optional Protocol to the Conventional Weapons Convention in relation to explosive remnants of war.

In total so far 38 Member States have supported the UN event ethos of “Universal Participation and Implementation – Dignity and Justice for All of Us,” with 73 treaty actions over five days.


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