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CHAPTER XXVII
ENVIRONMENT
15 . Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
Stockholm, 22 May 2001
Entry into force
:
17 May 2004, in accordance with article 26(1)see article 26 which reads as follows: "1. This Convention shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after the date of deposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification acceptance, approval or accession. 2. For each State or regional economic integration organization that ratifies, accepts or approves this Convention or accedes thereto after the deposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, the Convention shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after the date of deposit by such State or regional economic integration organization of its instrument of rafification, acceptance, approval or accession. 3. For the purpose of paragraphs 1 and 2, any instrument deposited by a regional economic integration organization shall not be counted as additional to those deposited by member States of that organization.".
Registration :
17 May 2004, No. 40214
Status :
Signatories : 152. Parties : 179. 1
Text :
United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2256, p. 119;
Depositary notifications: C.N.531.2001.TREATIES-96 of 19 June 2001;
C.N.1204.2002.TREATIES-63 of 19 November 2002 [Proposal of corrections to the original text of the Convention (authentic Spanish text)] and C.N.157.2003.TREATIES-6 of 21 February 2003 [Correction of the original text of the Convention (authentic Spanish text)];  C.N.242.2006.TREATIES-6 of 27 March 2006 [Adoption of Annex G] and  C.N.1017.2007.TREATIES-14 of 31 October 2007 [Entry into force of Annex G]; C.N.618.2007.TREATIES-12 of 5 June 2007 [Proposal of corrections to the original text of the Convention (authentic Russian text) and to the Certified True Copies]; C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009 [Adoption of Amendments to Annexes A, B and C] and C.N.546.2010.TREATIES-7 of 27 August 2010 [Entry into force of amendments to Annexes A, B and C] re-issued on 11 January 2011;2
C.N.811.2011.TREATIES-10 of 31 January 2012 (Proposal of corrections to the Chinese text of Amendments to Annexes A, B and C) and C.N.219.2012.TREATIES-XXVII.15 of 1 May 2012 (Corrections to the Chinese text of Amendments to Annexes A, B and C); C.N.703.2011.TREATIES-8 [Adoption of an amendment to Annex A] of 27 October 2011 and C.N.762.2012.TREATIES-XXVII.15 of 8 October 2013 (Entry into force);3  C.N.934.2013.TREATIES-XXVII-15 of 26 November 2013(Amendment to Annex A).
Note :
The Convention was adopted on 22 May 2001 at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Stockholm, 22-23 May 2001.
In accordance with its article 24, the Convention will be open for signature at Stockholm by all States and by regional economic integration organizations on 23 May 2001 at the Stockholm City Conference Centre/Folkets Hus, and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 24 May 2001 to 22 May 2002.
Participant
Signature, Succession to signature(d)
Ratification, Acceptance(A), Approval(AA), Accession(a)
Afghanistan
  20 Feb 2013 a
Albania
 5 Dec 2001
 4 Oct 2004
Algeria
 5 Sep 2001
22 Sep 2006
Angola
  23 Oct 2006 a
Antigua and Barbuda
23 May 2001
10 Sep 2003
Argentina
23 May 2001
25 Jan 2005
Armenia
23 May 2001
26 Nov 2003
Australia
23 May 2001
20 May 2004
Austria
23 May 2001
27 Aug 2002
Azerbaijan
  13 Jan 2004 a
Bahamas
20 Mar 2002
 3 Oct 2005
Bahrain
22 May 2002
31 Jan 2006
Bangladesh
23 May 2001
12 Mar 2007
Barbados
   7 Jun 2004 a
Belarus
   3 Feb 2004 a
Belgium
23 May 2001
25 May 2006
Belize
14 May 2002
25 Jan 2010
Benin
23 May 2001
 5 Jan 2004
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
23 May 2001
 3 Jun 2003
Bosnia and Herzegovina
23 May 2001
30 Mar 2010
Botswana
  28 Oct 2002 a
Brazil
23 May 2001
16 Jun 2004
Brunei Darussalam
21 May 2002
 
Bulgaria
23 May 2001
20 Dec 2004
Burkina Faso
23 May 2001
31 Dec 2004
Burundi
 2 Apr 2002
 2 Aug 2005
Cabo Verde
   1 Mar 2006 a
Cambodia
23 May 2001
25 Aug 2006
Cameroon
 5 Oct 2001
19 May 2009
Canada
23 May 2001
23 May 2001
Central African Republic
 9 May 2002
12 Feb 2008
Chad
16 May 2002
10 Mar 2004
Chile
23 May 2001
20 Jan 2005
China 4
23 May 2001
13 Aug 2004
Colombia
23 May 2001
22 Oct 2008
Comoros
23 May 2001
23 Feb 2007
Congo
 4 Dec 2001
12 Feb 2007
Cook Islands
  29 Jun 2004 a
Costa Rica
16 Apr 2002
 6 Feb 2007
Côte d'Ivoire
23 May 2001
20 Jan 2004
Croatia
23 May 2001
30 Jan 2007
Cuba
23 May 2001
21 Dec 2007
Cyprus
   7 Mar 2005 a
Czech Republic
23 May 2001
 6 Aug 2002
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  26 Aug 2002 a
Democratic Republic of the Congo
  23 Mar 2005 a
Denmark 5
23 May 2001
17 Dec 2003
Djibouti
15 Nov 2001
11 Mar 2004
Dominica
   8 Aug 2003 a
Dominican Republic
23 May 2001
 4 May 2007
Ecuador
28 Aug 2001
 7 Jun 2004
Egypt
17 May 2002
 2 May 2003
El Salvador
30 Jul 2001
27 May 2008
Eritrea
  10 Mar 2005 a
Estonia
  20 Nov 2013 AA
Ethiopia
17 May 2002
 9 Jan 2003
European Union
23 May 2001
16 Nov 2004 AA
Fiji
14 Jun 2001
20 Jun 2001
Finland
23 May 2001
 3 Sep 2002 A
France
23 May 2001
17 Feb 2004 AA
Gabon
21 May 2002
 7 May 2007
Gambia
23 May 2001
28 Apr 2006
Georgia
23 May 2001
 4 Oct 2006
Germany
23 May 2001
25 Apr 2002
Ghana
23 May 2001
30 May 2003
Greece
23 May 2001
 3 May 2006
Guatemala
29 Jan 2002
30 Jul 2008
Guinea
23 May 2001
11 Dec 2007
Guinea-Bissau
24 Apr 2002
 6 Aug 2008
Guyana
  12 Sep 2007 a
Haiti
23 May 2001
 
Honduras
17 May 2002
23 May 2005
Hungary
23 May 2001
14 Mar 2008
Iceland
23 May 2001
29 May 2002
India
14 May 2002
13 Jan 2006
Indonesia
23 May 2001
28 Sep 2009
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
23 May 2001
 6 Feb 2006
Ireland
23 May 2001
 5 Aug 2010
Israel
30 Jul 2001
 
Italy
23 May 2001
 
Jamaica
23 May 2001
 1 Jun 2007
Japan
  30 Aug 2002 a
Jordan
18 Jan 2002
 8 Nov 2004
Kazakhstan
23 May 2001
 9 Nov 2007
Kenya
23 May 2001
24 Sep 2004
Kiribati
 4 Apr 2002
 7 Sep 2004
Kuwait
23 May 2001
12 Jun 2006
Kyrgyzstan
16 May 2002
12 Dec 2006
Lao People's Democratic Republic
 5 Mar 2002
28 Jun 2006
Latvia
23 May 2001
28 Oct 2004
Lebanon
23 May 2001
 3 Jan 2003
Lesotho
23 Jan 2002
23 Jan 2002
Liberia
  23 May 2002 a
Libya
  14 Jun 2005 a
Liechtenstein
23 May 2001
 3 Dec 2004
Lithuania
17 May 2002
 5 Dec 2006
Luxembourg
23 May 2001
 7 Feb 2003
Madagascar
24 Sep 2001
18 Nov 2005
Malawi
22 May 2002
27 Feb 2009
Malaysia
16 May 2002
 
Maldives
  17 Oct 2006 a
Mali
23 May 2001
 5 Sep 2003
Malta
23 May 2001
 
Marshall Islands
  27 Jan 2003 a
Mauritania
 8 Aug 2001
22 Jul 2005
Mauritius
23 May 2001
13 Jul 2004
Mexico
23 May 2001
10 Feb 2003
Micronesia (Federated States of)
31 Jul 2001
15 Jul 2005
Monaco
23 May 2001
20 Oct 2004
Mongolia
17 May 2002
30 Apr 2004
Montenegro 6
23 Oct 2006 d
31 Mar 2011
Morocco
23 May 2001
15 Jun 2004
Mozambique
23 May 2001
31 Oct 2005
Myanmar
  19 Apr 2004 a
Namibia
  24 Jun 2005 a
Nauru
 9 May 2002
 9 May 2002
Nepal
 5 Apr 2002
 6 Mar 2007
Netherlands
23 May 2001
28 Jan 2002 A
New Zealand 7
23 May 2001
24 Sep 2004
Nicaragua
23 May 2001
 1 Dec 2005
Niger
12 Oct 2001
12 Apr 2006
Nigeria
23 May 2001
24 May 2004
Niue
12 Mar 2002
 2 Sep 2005
Norway
23 May 2001
11 Jul 2002
Oman
 4 Mar 2002
19 Jan 2005
Pakistan
 6 Dec 2001
17 Apr 2008
Palau
28 Mar 2002
 8 Sep 2011
Panama
23 May 2001
 5 Mar 2003
Papua New Guinea
23 May 2001
 7 Oct 2003
Paraguay
12 Oct 2001
 1 Apr 2004
Peru
23 May 2001
14 Sep 2005
Philippines
23 May 2001
27 Feb 2004
Poland
23 May 2001
23 Oct 2008
Portugal
23 May 2001
15 Jul 2004 A
Qatar
  10 Dec 2004 a
Republic of Korea
 4 Oct 2001
25 Jan 2007
Republic of Moldova
23 May 2001
 7 Apr 2004
Romania
23 May 2001
28 Oct 2004
Russian Federation
22 May 2002
17 Aug 2011
Rwanda
   5 Jun 2002 a
Samoa
23 May 2001
 4 Feb 2002
Sao Tome and Principe
 3 Apr 2002
12 Apr 2006
Saudi Arabia
14 Mar 2002
25 Jul 2012
Senegal
23 May 2001
 8 Oct 2003
Serbia
 2 May 2002
31 Jul 2009
Seychelles
25 Mar 2002
 3 Jun 2008 a
Sierra Leone
  26 Sep 2003 a
Singapore
23 May 2001
24 May 2005
Slovakia
23 May 2001
 5 Aug 2002
Slovenia
23 May 2001
 4 May 2004
Solomon Islands
  28 Jul 2004 a
Somalia
  26 Jul 2010 a
South Africa
23 May 2001
 4 Sep 2002
Spain
23 May 2001
28 May 2004
Sri Lanka
 5 Sep 2001
22 Dec 2005
St. Kitts and Nevis
  21 May 2004 a
St. Lucia
   4 Oct 2002 a
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  15 Sep 2005 a
Sudan
23 May 2001
29 Aug 2006
Suriname
22 May 2002
20 Sep 2011
Swaziland
  13 Jan 2006 a
Sweden
23 May 2001
 8 May 2002
Switzerland
23 May 2001
30 Jul 2003
Syrian Arab Republic
15 Feb 2002
 5 Aug 2005
Tajikistan
21 May 2002
 8 Feb 2007
Thailand
22 May 2002
31 Jan 2005
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
23 May 2001
27 May 2004
Togo
23 May 2001
22 Jul 2004
Tonga
21 May 2002
23 Oct 2009
Trinidad and Tobago
  13 Dec 2002 a
Tunisia
23 May 2001
17 Jun 2004
Turkey
23 May 2001
14 Oct 2009
Tuvalu
  19 Jan 2004 a
Uganda
  20 Jul 2004 a
Ukraine
23 May 2001
25 Sep 2007
United Arab Emirates
23 May 2001
11 Jul 2002
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
11 Dec 2001
17 Jan 2005
United Republic of Tanzania
23 May 2001
30 Apr 2004
United States of America
23 May 2001
 
Uruguay
23 May 2001
 9 Feb 2004
Vanuatu
21 May 2002
16 Sep 2005
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
23 May 2001
19 Apr 2005
Viet Nam
23 May 2001
22 Jul 2002
Yemen
 5 Dec 2001
 9 Jan 2004
Zambia
23 May 2001
 7 Jul 2006
Zimbabwe
23 May 2001
 1 Mar 2012
Declarations
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations were made upon ratification,
acceptance, approval or accession.)
Argentina

Declaration:

       In accordance with article 25, paragraph 4 of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the Republic of Argentina declares that any amendment to Annex A, B, or C shall enter into force for Argentina only after it has deposited its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto.

Australia

Declaration:

       "In accordance with article 25 (4) [of the Convention], the Government of Australia declares that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of Australia's instrument of ratification with respect thereto."

Austria

Declaration:

       “The Republic of Austria declares in accordance with Article 18 paragraph 2 of the Convention that it accepts both of the means of dispute settlement mentioned in paragraph 2 as compulsory in relation to any party accepting an obligation concerning one or both of these means of dispute settlement.”

Bahrain

Declarations:

       1. Arbitration according to the procedures adopted by the Conference of States Parties is the only binding procedure for the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain regarding resolving any dispute on the interpretation or implementation of the Convention.
       2. Any amendment to the Convention annexes A, B and C will not be binding to the Kingdom of Bahrain unless it is ratified according to the constitutional rules.

Bangladesh

Declaration
       "Pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 4, of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Bangladesh hereby declares that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for Bangladesh only upon the deposit by Bangladesh of its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval with respect thereto."

Belgium

Declaration made upon signature:

       “This signature engages also the Waloon region, the Flemish region, and the Brussels-Capital region.”

Botswana

Declaration:

       "... the Republic of Botswana declares pursuant to article 25 (4) that, with respect to it, any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for it only after it has deposited an instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect to such amendment."

Canada

Declaration:

       “Pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 4, of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Canada hereby declares that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for Canada only upon the deposit by Canada of its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval with respect thereto.”

China

Declaration:

       In accordance with the provisions of article 25, paragraph 4 of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, with respect to the People's Republic of China, any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto.

El Salvador

Reservation:

       With respect to the provisions of article 18 of this Convention, the Republic of El Salvador does not consider itself bound by the provisions of paragraph 2 of that article in that it does not recognize the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice.

Estonia

Upon accession:

       “1) In accordance with Article 25, paragraph 4 of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, any amendment to Annex A, B and C of the Convention shall enter into force for the Republic of Estonia only after the Republic of Estonia has deposited its instrument of approval to the amendment;
       2) As a Member State of the European Community the Republic of Estonia has transferred its competence to the European Community in fields governed by this Convention and listed in the declaration annexed to the Council Decision of 14 October 2004 concerning the conclusion, on behalf of the European Community, of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (2006/507/EC).”
European Union

Declaration in accordance with article 25 (3) :

       "The Community declares that, in accordance with the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular article 175 thereof, it is competent for entering into international environmental agreements, and for implementing the obligations resulting therefrom, which contribute to the pursuit of the following objectives:

       - Preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment,
       - Protecting human health,
       - Prudent and rational utilisation of natural resources,
       - Promoting measures at international level to deal with regional or worldwide environmental problems.
       Moreover, the Community declares that it has already adopted legal instruments, binding on its Member States, covering matters governed by this Convention, and will submit and update, as appropriate, a list of those legal instruments to the Conference of the Parties in accordance with article 15 (1) of the Convention.
       The Community is responsible for the performance of those obligations resulting from the Convention which are covered by Community law in force.
       The exercise of Community competence is, by its nature, subject to continuous development."

Guatemala

Declaration:

       In accordance with article 25, paragraph 4 of the aforementioned Convention, the Government of the Republic of Guatemala declares that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for Guatemala only after it has deposited its instrument of accession or ratification.
India

28 March 2006


Declaration:

       "Any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto."

Liechtenstein

Declaration:

       "The Principality of Liechtenstein declares in accordance with Article 18 paragraph 2 of the Convention that it accepts both of the means of dispute settlement mentioned in this paragraph as compulsory in relation to any party accepting an obligation concerning one or both of these means of dispute settlement."

Mauritius

Declaration:

       "Pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 4, of the Stockholm Convention on Persistant Organic Pollutants, the Republic of Mauritius declares that any amendments to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for the Republic of Mauritius only upon the deposit by the Republic of Mauritius of its instrument of Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Accession with respect thereto."

Micronesia (Federated States of)

Declaration:

       1. The Federated States of Micronesia declares in accordance with the provisions of article 25, paragraph 4 of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of the Federated States of Micronesia's instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession thereto.
       2. The Federated States of Micronesia declares in accordance with Article 18, paragraph 2 of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants that it accepts both of the means of dispute settlement mentioned in this paragraph as compulsory in relation to any party accepting an obligation concerning one or both of these means of dispute settlement.

Netherlands

17 February 2010


Declaration:

       “The Kingdom of the Netherlands declares, in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 18 of the Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, that it accepts both means of dispute settlement referred to in that paragraph as compulsory in relation to any Party accepting one or both means of dispute settlement.”
Republic of Korea

       Declaration:

       The Republic of Korea, in accordance with Article 25, paragraph 4 of the Convention, declares that, with respect to the Republic of Korea, any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto.

Republic of Moldova

Declaration:

       In accordance with article 18, paragraph 2 of the Convention, the Republic of Moldova accepts both of the means of dispute settlement mentioned in this paragraph as compulsory in relation to any party that accepts the same obligation.
       Pursuant to article 25, paragraph 4, of the Convention, any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for the Republic of Moldova only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval with respect thereto.

Russian Federation
       1. The Russian Federation declares that in accordance with paragraph 2 of article 18 of the Convention, with respect to any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of the Convention, it recognizes the means of dispute settlement indicated in subparagraphs (a) and (b) of paragraph 2 of article 18 of the Convention as compulsory in relation to any Party accepting the same obligations;
       2. The Russian Federation declares that in accordance with paragraph 4 of article 25 of the Convention any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for the Russian Federation only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto.
Serbia

Declaration:

       “The Republic of Serbia declares in accordance with Article 18 of the Convention that it accepts both of the means of dispute settlement mentioned in paragraph 2.”
Slovakia 8

Slovenia

Declaration:

       "In accordance with article 25, paragraph 4 of the Convention, the Republic of Slovenia herewith declares, that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification with respect thereto."

Spain

Declaration:

       Any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for Spain only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto.

16 August 2011


Declaration:

       In the event that the Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants should in any way result in actions related to Gibraltar, Spain wishes to make the following declaration:

       1.  Gibraltar is a Non-Self-Governing Territory for whose international relations the United Kingdom is responsible and which is subject to a process of decolonization in accordance with the relevant decisions and resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly.
       2.  The Gibraltar authorities are local in character and exercise an exclusively domestic jurisdiction that originates in and is based on the powers allocated to and conferred on them by the United Kingdom, in accordance with its domestic law and in its capacity as the sovereign State upon which depends the said Non-Self-Governing Territory.
       3.  Consequently, any involvement by the Gibraltar authorities in the implementation of this Convention shall be understood to take place exclusively within the framework of the domestic jurisdiction of Gibraltar and shall not be considered to affect in any way the content of the two preceding paragraphs.
       4. The procedure envisaged in the “Agreed Arrangements relating to Gibraltar Authorities in the Context of Certain International Treaties (2007)”, signed by Spain and the United Kingdom on 19 December 2007, together with the “Agreed Arrangements relating to Gibraltar Authorities in the Context of EU and EC Instruments and Related Treaties”, of 19 April 2000, shall be applicable to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, adopted on 22 May 2001.
Syrian Arab Republic

Declaration:

       The ratification of the Syrian Arab Republic to this Convention shall in no way signify the recognition of Israel or entail entry into any dealings with Israel in the context of the provisions of this Convention.

Vanuatu

Declaration:

       "That in relation to paragraph 4 of Article 25 of the Convention, any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall bind the Republic of Vanuatu only upon its deposit of an instrument of ratification or accession with respect to such amendments."

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Declaration:

       In accordance with article 25, paragraph 4 of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela declares that any amendment to Annex A, B, or C shall enter into force for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela only after it has deposited its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto.
End Note
1. For the purpose of entry into force of the [Convention/Protocol] , any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession deposited by a regional economic integration organization shall not be counted as additional to those deposited by member States of that Organization.
2. The following countries, pursuant to Article 25 (4), declared that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of their instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto:

Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Botswana, Canada, China, Estonia, Guatemala, India, Mauritius, Micronesia, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Slovakia, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

On 26 December 2013, the Government of China deposited its instrument of ratification of Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009, with the following declaration:

In accordance with the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, the Government of the People’s Republic of China decides that the […] amendments apply to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

On 20 November 2013, the Government of Estonia deposited its instrument of approval of Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 23 September 2013, the Government of Guatemala deposited its instrument of accession to Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 10 May 2013, the Government of Slovakia deposited its instrument of acceptance to Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 16 May 2012, the Government of Moldova deposited its instrument of acceptance to Amendments to Annexes A and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 9 May 2012, the Government of the Republic of Korea deposited itsinstrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 9 November 2011, the Government of Argentina deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 16 August 2011, the Government of Spain deposited its instrument of acceptance (with declaration) to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C (C.N.531.2011.TREATIES-4 of 30 August 2011), transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 4 January 2011, the Government of Canada deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 23 August 2010, the Government of New Zealand notified the Secretary-General, in accordance with paragraphs 3 (b) and 3 (c) and paragraph 4 of article 22 of the Convention, that it is currently unable to accept the amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

3. On 26 December 2013, the Government of China deposited its instrument of ratification of an Amendment to Annex A, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.703.2011.TREATIES-8 of 27 October 2011, with the following declaration:

In accordance with the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, the Government of the People’s Republic of China decides that the […] amendments apply to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

On 3 December 2013, the Government of Spain deposited its instrument of acceptance of an Amendment to Annex A, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.703.2011.TREATIES-8 of 27 October 2011.

On 20 November 2013, the Government of Estonia deposited its instrument of approval of an Amendment to Annex A, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.703.2011.TREATIES-8 of 27 October 2011.

On 10 May 2013, the Government of Slovakia deposited its instrument of acceptance of an Amendment to Annexe A, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.703.2011.TREATIES-8 of 27 October 2011.

4. With the following :

In accordance with the provisions of article 153 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and article 138 of the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, the Government of the People’s Republic of China decides that the Convention shall apply to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

5. By a commmunication received on 10 February 2012, the Government of Denmark informed the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw the declaration, made upon ratification, regarding the territorial exclusion in respect of the Faroe Islands.



Upon ratification on 17 December 2003, Denmark had notified the Secretary-General of the following: With a territorial exclusion in respect of the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

6. See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
7. With the following territorial exclusion:

".....consistent with the constitutional status of Tokelau and taking into account the commitment of the Government of New Zealand the development of self-government for Tokelau through an act of self-determination under the Charter of the United Nations, this ratification shall not extend to Tokelau unless and until a Declaration to this effect is lodged by the Government of New Zealand with the Depositary on the basis of appropriate consultation with that territory."

8. By a commmunication received on 10 May 2013, the Government of the Slovak Republic informed the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw the following declaration made upon ratification and deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C of the Convention:

"Pursuant to article 25, paragraph 4, of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the Slovak Republic hereby declares that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for the Slovak Republic only upon the deposit by the Slovak Republic of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto."

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