United Nations - Treaty Collection on the Internet

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What is available on the site?

  1. All multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary- General of the United Nations and those formerly deposited with the League of Nations - their latest status and a link to the full texts.
  2. Bilateral and multilateral treaties registered with and published by the United Nations Secretariat in accordance with Article 102 up to a certain date - Detailed treaty references and full texts in all authentic language(s).

What are the search options for treaties?

  1. Multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General can be identified by the relevant chapter and sub-chapter, by subject-term in the Index and the General Table of Contents.
  2. United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS) search screen allows for multiple search criteria to be used, such as :Date of Adoption/Conclusion, Participants (all categories), Subject-terms, Popular name of an Agreement, Registration number, etc. A title/key-word search is also available for the UNTS portion of the Collection.

How can I print the actual text (s) of the treaty?

  1. After retrieving the text of a relevant treaty, you can print it either one page at a time using the print function of the Adobe Acrobat Reader or all pages at once.
  2. Due to limited resources - both staff and financial - the Treaty Section of the United Nations is not in a position to provide electronic copies of documents via e-mail.

Have difficulty printing 100% of the image text.

  1. Before printing, reduce (zoom out) the viewable text.
  2. Clear the memory cache to increase the performance of your browser.
  3. The following are the instructions for the users of the Netscape browser:
    1. Open the Edit menu and choose Preferences.
    2. Click the Advanced category and select Cache.
    3. Click the Clear Disk Cache button and the Clear Memory Cache button.
    4. Click OK.

Can you help me if I am experiencing technical difficulties?

  1. Any access difficulties or problems directly related to the retrieval and use of the materials in the United Nations Treaty Collection should be reported to the United Nations Treaty Section by phone, fax or e-mail provided at the site. Please indicate clearly the nature of a problem and we will do all we can to assist you.
  2. Hardware and/or software-related problems should be addressed to the manufacturer or vendor of the relevant product. Difficulties in securing the Internet connection from your PC should be reported to the relevant Internet service provider.

Where can I get the registration number for a particular treaty?

  1. Registration numbers are assigned by the UN Secretariat for treaties registered in accordance with Article 102 of the Charter. ONLY if it is absolutely necessary for your research, you may contact the UN Treaty Section via online Contact form for the relevant information.
  2. You may wish to visit the local UN Depository Library which has the collection of the United Nations Treaty Series volumes (UNTS).
  3. You may also wish to consult the list of UN Depository Libraries or United Nations Information Centers.
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1 October 2015, United Nations Headquarters in New York)