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CHAPTER XXIV
OUTER SPACE
1 . Convention on registration of objects launched into outer space
New York, 12 November 1974
Entry into force
:
15 September 1976, in accordance with article VIII(3).
Registration :
15 September 1976, No. 15020
Status :
Signatories : 25. Parties : 61
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 1023, p. 15.
Note :
The Convention was adopted by resolution 3235 (XXIX)1 of the General Assembly dated 12 November 1974, pursuant to resolution 3182 (XXVIII)2 dated 18 December 1973 and taking into account the report of the Committee on the Pacific Uses of Outer Space. The Convention was opened for signature on 14 January 1975.
Participant
Signature
Accession(a), Succession(d), Ratification
Algeria
   9 Mar 2007 a
Antigua and Barbuda
  13 Dec 1988 d
Argentina
26 Mar 1975
 5 May 1993
Australia
  11 Mar 1986 a
Austria
14 Oct 1975
 6 Mar 1980
Belarus
30 Jun 1975
26 Jan 1978
Belgium
19 Mar 1975
24 Feb 1977
Brazil
  17 Mar 2006 a
Bulgaria
 4 Feb 1976
11 May 1976
Burundi
13 Nov 1975
 
Canada
14 Feb 1975
 4 Aug 1976
Chile
  17 Sep 1981 a
China 3
  12 Dec 1988 a
Colombia
  10 Jan 2014 a
Costa Rica
  14 Oct 2010 a
Cuba
  10 Apr 1978 a
Cyprus
   6 Jul 1978 a
Czech Republic 4
  22 Feb 1993 d
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  10 Mar 2009 a
Denmark
12 Dec 1975
 1 Apr 1977
France
14 Jan 1975
17 Dec 1975
Germany 5, 6
 2 Mar 1976
16 Oct 1979
Greece
  27 May 2003 a
Hungary
13 Oct 1975
26 Oct 1977
India
  18 Jan 1982 a
Indonesia
  16 Jul 1997 a
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
27 May 1975
 
Italy
   8 Dec 2005 a
Japan
  20 Jun 1983 a
Kazakhstan
  11 Jan 2001 a
Lebanon
  12 Apr 2006 a
Libya
   8 Jan 2010 a
Liechtenstein
  26 Feb 1999 a
Lithuania
   8 Mar 2013 a
Mexico
19 Dec 1975
 1 Mar 1977
Mongolia
30 Oct 1975
10 Apr 1985
Montenegro 7
  23 Oct 2006 d
Morocco
  19 Sep 2012 a
Netherlands 8
  26 Jan 1981 a
Nicaragua
13 May 1975
 
Niger
 5 Aug 1976
22 Dec 1976
Nigeria
   6 Jul 2009 a
Norway
  28 Jun 1995 a
Pakistan
 1 Dec 1975
27 Feb 1986
Peru
  21 Mar 1979 a
Poland
 4 Dec 1975
22 Nov 1978
Qatar
  14 Mar 2012 a
Republic of Korea
  14 Oct 1981 a
Russian Federation
17 Jun 1975
13 Jan 1978
Saudi Arabia
  18 Jul 2012 a
Serbia 9
  12 Mar 2001 d
Seychelles
  28 Dec 1977 a
Singapore
31 Aug 1976
 
Slovakia 4
  28 May 1993 d
South Africa
  27 Jan 2012 a
Spain
  20 Dec 1978 a
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  27 Apr 1999 d
Sweden
 9 Jun 1976
 9 Jun 1976
Switzerland
14 Apr 1975
15 Feb 1978
Turkey
  21 Jun 2006 a
Ukraine
11 Jul 1975
14 Sep 1977
United Arab Emirates
   7 Nov 2000 a
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 6 May 1975
30 Mar 1978
United States of America
24 Jan 1975
15 Sep 1976
Uruguay
  18 Aug 1977 a
Declarations and Reservations
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made
upon ratification, accession or succession.)
Turkey
       Statement:  "The Republic of Turkey declares that it will implement the provisions of this Convention only to the State Parties with which it has diplomatic relations."

Objections
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made
upon ratification, accession or succession.)
Cyprus

21 June 2007

With regard to the declaration made by Turkey upon accession:

       "The Government of the Republic of Cyprus has examined the declaration made by the Government of the Republic of Turkey to the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space (New York, 12 November 1974) on 21 June 2006 that ‘it will implement the provisions of the Convention only to the States Parties with which it has diplomatic relations.'
       In the view of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, this declaration amounts to a reservation.  This reservation creates uncertainty as to the States Parties in respect of which Turkey is undertaking the obligations in the Convention, raises doubt as to the commitment of Turkey to the object and purpose of the Convention and is contrary to its multilateral character.  It also raises serious questions concerning the will of the Republic of Turkey to assume its obligation under international law to bona fide implement the provisions of the said Convention.  The Government of the Republic of Cyprus therefore objects to the reservation made by the Government of the Republic of Turkey to the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space.
       This reservation or the objection to it shall not preclude the entry into force of the Convention of Objects Launched into Outer Space between the Republic of Cyprus and the Republic of Turkey."

Territorial Application
Participant
Date of receipt of the notification
Territories
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 3 30 Mar 1978 Antigua, Brunei, Dominica, Solomon Islands, St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla, St. Vincent and United Kingdom Territories
Notifications made under article VIII

(Organizations having made declarations accepting the rights and obligations of the Convention)
Participant
Date of receipt of the notification:
European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites
10 Jul 1997
European Space Agency
2 Jan 1979
End Note
1. Official Records of the General Assembly, Twenty-ninth Session, Supplement No. 31 (A/9631), p. 16.
2. Ibid., Supplement No. 30 (A/9030), p. 19.
3.On 6 and 10 June 1997, the Secretary-General received communications concerning the status of Hong Kong from the Governments of the United Kingdom and China (see also note 2 under "China" and note 2 under "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" regarding Hong Kong in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume). Upon resuming the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong, China notified the Secretary-General that the Convention will also apply to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
4.Czechoslovakia had signed and ratified the Convention on 5 April 1976 and 26 July 1977, respectively. See also note 1 under “Czech Republic” and note 1 under “Slovakia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
5.The German Democratic Republic had signed and ratified the Convention on 27 August 1975 and 12 May 1977, respectively. See also note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
6.See note 1 under “Germany” regarding Berlin (West) in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
7.See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
8.For the Kingdom in Europe and the Netherlands Antilles. See also note 1 under “Netherlands” regarding Ariba/Netherlands Antilles in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
9.The former Yugoslavia had acceeded to the Convention on 24 February 1978. See also note 1 under “Bosnia and Herzegovina", "Croatia", "former Yugoslavia", "Slovenia", "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" and "Yugoslavia"  in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.