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CHAPTER XI
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
B . Road Traffic
32 . Agreement concerning the Establishing of Global Technical Regulations for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts which can be fitted and/or be used on Wheeled Vehicles
Geneva, 25 June 1998
Entry into force
:
25 August 2000, in accordance with article 11which reads as follows: "11.1 This Agreement and its Annexes, which constitute integral parts of the Agreement, shall enter into force on the thirtieth (30) day following the date on which a minimum of five (5) countries and/or regional economic integration organizations have become Contracting Parties pursuant to Article 9. This minimum of five (5) must include the European Community, Japan, and the United States. 11.2. If, however, paragraph 11.1 of this Article is not satisfied fifteen (15) months after the date specified in paragraph 10.1[i.e. 25 June 1998], then this Agreement and its Annexes, which constitute integral parts of the Agreement, shall enter into force on the thirtieth (30) day following the date on which a minimum of eight (8) countries and/or regional economic integration organizations have become Contracting Parties pursuant to Article 9. Such date of entry into force shall not be earlier than sixteen (16) months after the date specified in paragraph 10.1. At least one (1) of these eight (8) must be either the European Community, Japan or the United States of America. 11.3 for any country or regional economic integration organization that becomes a Contacting Party to the Agreement after its entry into force, this Agreement shall enter into force sixty (6) days after the date that such country or regional economic integration organization deposits its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accesion.".
Registration :
25 August 2000, No. 36868
Status :
Signatories : 5. Parties : 33
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 2119, p. 129.
Note :
The Agreement, of which the English, French and Russian texts are equally authentic, was adopted by the Inland Transport Committee of the Economic Commisssion for Europe of the United Nations at its one-hundred-and fifteenth Session, held from 23 to 26 June 1998.  In accordance with its article 10, the Agreement will be open for signature from 25 June 1998 until its entry into force.
Participant
Signature
Definitive signature(s), Ratification, Acceptance(A), Approval(AA), Accession(a)
Australia 1
   8 Apr 2008 a
Azerbaijan
  15 Apr 2002 a
Canada
  22 Jun 1999 s
China 2
  10 Oct 2000 A
Cyprus
  12 Apr 2005 a
European Union
18 Oct 1999
15 Feb 2000 AA
Finland
   8 Jun 2001 a
France
22 Sep 1999
 4 Jan 2000 AA
Germany
  11 May 2000 s
Hungary
  22 Jun 2001 a
India
  21 Feb 2006 a
Italy
   1 Dec 2000 a
Japan
   3 Aug 1999 A
Kazakhstan
  28 Jun 2011 a
Lithuania
  26 May 2006 a
Luxembourg
  16 Sep 2005 a
Malaysia
   3 Feb 2006 a
Netherlands 3
   4 Jan 2002 a
New Zealand 4
  27 Nov 2001 a
Norway
  30 Sep 2004 a
Republic of Korea
   2 Nov 2000 a
Republic of Moldova
  16 Jan 2007 a
Romania
  25 Apr 2002 a
Russian Federation
  26 Jul 2000 s
Slovakia
   7 Nov 2001 a
South Africa
14 Jun 2000
18 Apr 2001
Spain
24 Aug 2000
23 Apr 2002
Sweden
   3 Dec 2002 a
Tajikistan
  28 Dec 2011 a
Tunisia
   2 Nov 2007 a
Turkey
   3 Jul 2001 a
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  10 Jan 2000 s
United States of America
25 Jun 1998
26 Jul 1999 A
Declarations and Reservations
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made
upon definitive signature, ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.)
European Union

Declaration :
       “The European Community declares in matters within its competence that its Members States have transferred powers to it in fields covered by this Agreement, including the power to make binding decisions on them.”

End Note
1.“THE GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIA hereby declares, pursuant to Article 15, subparagraph 2 of the Agreement, that the Agreement shall not extend to the following Australian territories:

Australian Antarctic Territory, Coral Sea Islands Territory, Norfolk Island, Territory of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island, Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Territory of Christmas Island.”

2.With a declaration to the effect that the Agreement shall apply to the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao of the People’s Republic of China.
3.As from 30 April 2003: in respect of the Netherlands Antilles.
4.On 27 November 2001, the Secreary-General received the following:

"[T]he Government of New Zealand ... declares that, consistent with the constitutional status of Tokelau and taking into account the commitment of the Government of New Zealand to the development of self-government for Tokelau through an act of self-determination under the Charter of the United Nations, this accession 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."