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Summary of Treaty

Official Title Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 (UNCLOS)
Type of Agreement Multilateral
Place of Signature New York
Date of Signature 28/07/1994
Date of Entry Into Force 28/07/1996
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement To supplement the provisions of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which establishes the concept of “the Area”, i.e. the seabed and ocean floor and subsoil thereof, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, in order to facilitate universal participation in the Convention. The Convention, for its part, aims to facilitate international communication and promote the peaceful uses of the seas and oceans, the conservation of their living resources and the protection of the marine environment.
International organisation established by the treaty International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea
Remarks To address certain difficulties with Part XI of the Convention, the Secretary-General convened in July 1991 a series of informal consultations that culminated in the adoption, on 28 July 1994, of the Agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982. The Agreement was adopted by Resolution 48/263, on 28 July 1994, by the General Assembly of the United Nations during its resumed 48th session, held from 27 to 29 July 1994 in New York. The Community has been applying the Agreement and Part XI of the Convention provisionally since 16 November 1994 and from that date was a provisional member of the International Seabed Authority; The Community and its Member States are involved in the work of the International Seabed Authority and must therefore coordinate the positions they will take in that organisation. The Community, when depositing the instrument of formal confirmation, has also deposit a declaration specifying the matters governed by the Convention and the Agreement in respect of which competence has been transferred to it by its Member States and a declaration under Article 310 of the Convention (see Annex II to the Convention).
Relation and Association with Other Agreements -United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
OJ Reference L215, 20/08/1994, p. 10
Depositary United Nations
Contracting Parties European Community, Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Sweden, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Authentic Texts Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Subject Matters Fisheries
Law of the Sea
Entry into force conditions Article 6 Agreement
Regional and International Organisation (REIO) Article 8 Agreement
Date of Signature 29/07/1994
Conclusion Date 23/03/1998
Ratification Status CONF
Conclusion Decision Council Decision of 23 March 1998 concerning the conclusion by the European Community of the United Nations Convention of 10 December 1982 on the Law of the Sea and the Agreement of 28 July 1994 relating to the implementation of Part XI thereof; OJ L 179 of 23/06/1998, p.1
Date of Entry Into Force 01/04/1998
Reserves A declaration of EU competence exists for this treaty. To consult the text click on "to load all the summary data of the treaty".
Competence Mixed
Legal Basis Treaty EC: Article 113
Treaty EC: Article 43
Treaty EC: Article 130

Last Update :   30/04/2009