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(24-26 September and 30 September-1 October 2013, United Nations Headquarters in New York, North Lawn Building, Room 1034)
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Action : Accession
Date : 15 Apr 2014
Participant : Switzerland
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The Secretary-General of the United Nations, acting in his capacity as depositary, communicates the following:

INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT ON DRY PORTS
BANGKOK,
1 May 2013

OPENING FOR SIGNATURE

  The above Agreement was adopted on 1 May 2013 by resolution 69/7 during the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

  In accordance with its article 4, the Agreement shall be open for signature to States that are members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand, on 7 and 8 November 2013, and thereafter at United Nations Headquarters in New York until 31 December 2014. Depositary notification announcing the Opening for Signature - C.N.728.2013.TREATIES-XI.E.3 (Depositary Notification)

  Certified true copies of the Agreement, of which the Chinese, English and Russian texts are equally authentic, is posted on the United Nations Treaty Collection website at this link: Certified True Copy . The paper copies have also been printed and transmitted to all States.

  The Secretary-General takes this opportunity to recall that, under established international practice, only Heads of State, Heads of Government or Ministers for Foreign Affairs are empowered, by virtue of their functions, to sign treaties on behalf of States without having to produce full powers to that effect. Other representatives of States wishing to sign the Agreement must be in possession of appropriate full powers emanating from one of these three authorities.

  The Secretary-General would be obliged if States that are members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific wishing to sign the Agreement could, as necessary, provide the required full powers in advance to the Treaty Section, Office of Legal Affairs, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, facsimile: (212) 963-3693.


MINAMATA CONVENTION ON MERCURY
KUMAMOTO (Japan),
10 - 11 October 2013

OPENING FOR SIGNATURE

  The above Convention was adopted on 10 October 2013 at Kumamoto (Japan) on the occasion of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury held from 7 to 11 October 2013.

  Pursuant to its article 29, the Minamata Convention on Mercury opened for signature by States and regional economic integration organizations at Kumamoto, Japan, on 10 and 11 October 2013, and will thereafter continue to be open for signature at the United Nations Headquarters in New York until 9 October 2014.

  The Certified True Copy of the Convention, of which the Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian texts are equally authentic, is posted on the United Nations Treaty Collection website at this link: Certified True Copy. The paper copies are being printed and will be transmitted to all States as soon as possible.

  The Secretary-General takes this opportunity to recall that, under established international practice, only Heads of State, Heads of Government or Ministers for Foreign Affairs are empowered, by virtue of their functions, to sign treaties on behalf of States without having to produce full powers to that effect. Other representatives wishing to sign the Convention must be in possession of appropriate full powers issued by one of these authorities.

  The Secretary-General would be obliged if States and regional economic integration organizations wishing to sign the Convention on 10 and 11 October could, as necessary, provide copies of the required full powers in advance to the Treaty Section, Office of Legal Affairs, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (Fax No. (212) 963-3693). Originals of full powers shall be submitted at the signing ceremony in the course of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries.

  States and regional economic integration organizations wishing to sign the Convention thereafter are invited to do so at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The required full powers should in this case be submitted to the Treaty Section, Office of Legal Affairs.


ARMS TRADE TREATY
NEW YORK, 2 APRIL 2013

OPENING FOR SIGNATURE

  The above Treaty was adopted at the sixty-seventh session of the General Assembly of the United Nations by resolution 67/234B of 2 April 2013 in New York.

  In accordance with its article 21, the Treaty will be open for signature at the United Nations Headquarters in New York by all States from 3 June 2013 until its entry into force.

  Certified true copies of the Treaty, of which the Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish texts are equally authentic, are posted on the United Nations Treaty Collection website at this link: Certified True Copy.

   The attention of the Secretary-General has been drawn to errors in the Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish authentic texts of the Arms Trade Treaty adopted by resolution 67/234 B of the General Assembly of the United Nations on 2 April 2013. The proposal of corrections to the Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian authentic texts of the original of the Arms Trade Treaty and the certified true copies have been circulated by depositary notifications C.N.266.2013.TREATIES-XXVI.8 of 10 May 2013, C.N.279.2013.TREATIES-XXVI-8 of 16 May 2013 and C.N.297.213.TREATIES-XXVI-8 of 30 May 2013 and can be accessed via the following links: C.N.266.2013.TREATIES-XXVI.8C.N.279.2013.TREATIES-XXVI.8C.N.297.2013.TREATIES-XXVI.8.

  The Secretary-General takes this opportunity to recall that, under established international practice, only Heads of State, Heads of Government or Ministers for Foreign Affairs are empowered, by virtue of their functions, to sign treaties on behalf of States without having to produce full powers to that effect. Other representatives wishing to sign the Treaty must be in possession of appropriate full powers emanating from one of these authorities.

  The Secretary-General would be obliged if States wishing to sign the Treaty could, as necessary, provide the required full powers in advance to the Treaty Section, Office of Legal Affairs, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, facsimile: (212) 963-3693.