Headquarters Seminar on Treaty Law and Practice

The Treaty Section of the Office of Legal Affairs is organizing a Seminar on Treaty Law and Practice: The Work of the Treaty Section of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in English for delegates of Permanent Missions, at Headquarters, on 21 November 2016 from 10AM to 6PM. To view the program, please Click here.

Persons interested in attending the Seminar should register in advance by sending an email indicating their name, title, and contact information to Ms. Hada Guevarah at by no later than Friday 18 November 2016.

Treaty Event 2016

TREATY EVENT 2016 (19 - 23 September 2016, United Nations Headquarters in New York)

The Event was designed to take place in conjunction with the General Debate of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly, which opened on 20 September 2016. This year the Event coincided with the high-level plenary meeting on addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, which took place on 19 September.

PARIS AGREEMENT (12 December 2015)

The Paris Agreement will enter into force on 4 November 2016


 Text of the Paris Agreement
 Depositary Notification regarding the Issuance of Certified True Copies of the Agreement - C.N.92.2016.TREATIES-XXVII.7.d (Depositary Notification)


 Depositary Notification announcing the Opening for Signature C.N. 63.2016
 Remarks of the Legal Counsel at the Briefing on Opening for Signature of Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement was adopted on 12 December 2015 at the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Paris from 30 November to 13 December 2015.

In accordance with its article 20, the Agreement shall be open for signature at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 22 April 2016 until 21 April 2017 by States and regional economic integration organizations that are Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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