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Handbook of Final Clauses

This new edition of the Handbook has been prepared by the Treaty Section of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, which discharges the depositary functions of the Secretary-General of the United Nations under multilateral treaties. The Handbook incorporates recent developments in the practice of the Secretary-General as depositary of multilateral treaties with regard to matters normally included in the final clauses of these treaties. Many of these developments reflect considered responses by the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations to concerns expressed by the international community. The Handbook is a practical guide, intended to assist those who are directly involved in multilateral treaty-making. In particular, its purpose is to help States with scarce resources and limited technical proficiency in treaty law and practice to participate fully in the multilateral treaty-making process. Provisions of multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations are quoted in full in the Handbook. Additional examples are provided in footnotes. Finally, patterns are set and good practices recommended. In addition to paper copies of this Handbook, an electronic copy is available at the United Nations web site at https://treaties.un.org. Users of this Handbook are encouraged to contact the Treaty Section of the Office of Legal Affairs via the online Contact form at Contact form with any comments or questions.

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FEATURED EVENT
2013 TREATY EVENT: TOWARDS UNIVERSAL PARTICIPATION AND IMPLEMENTATION
(24-26 September and 30 September-1 October 2013, United Nations Headquarters in New York, North Lawn Building, Room 1034)