Status of Ratifications

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List of Parties and Signatories

Entry into force: 17 May 2004, in accordance with article 26(1) see article 26 which reads as follows:

"1. This Convention shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after the date of deposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification acceptance, approval or accession.

2. For each State or regional economic integration organization that ratifies, accepts or approves this Convention or accedes thereto after the deposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, the Convention shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after the date of deposit by such State or regional economic integration organization of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.

3. For the purpose of paragraphs 1 and 2, any instrument deposited by a regional economic integration organization shall not be counted as additional to those deposited by member States of that organization.".

Registration: 17 May 2004, No. 40214

Text: United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2256, p. 119; Depositary notifications: C.N.531.2001.TREATIES-96 of 19 June 2001; C.N.1204.2002.TREATIES-63 of 19 November 2002 [Proposal of corrections to the original text of the Convention (authentic Spanish text)] and C.N.157.2003.TREATIES-6 of 21 February 2003 [Correction of the original text of the Convention (authentic Spanish text)]; C.N.242.2006.TREATIES-6 of 27 March 2006 [Adoption of Annex G] and C.N.1017.2007.TREATIES-14 of 31 October 2007 [Entry into force of Annex G]; C.N.618.2007.TREATIES-12 of 5 June 2007 [Proposal of corrections to the original text of the Convention (authentic Russian text) and to the Certified True Copies]; C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009 [Adoption of Amendments to Annexes A, B and C] and C.N.546.2010.TREATIES-7 of 27 August 2010 [Entry into force of amendments to Annexes A, B and C] re-issued on 11 January 2011; (see End Note 2) C.N.811.2011.TREATIES-10 of 31 January 2012 (Proposal of corrections to the Chinese text of Amendments to Annexes A, B and C) and C.N.219.2012.TREATIES-XXVII.15 of 1 May 2012 (Corrections to the Chinese text of Amendments to Annexes A, B and C); C.N.703.2011.TREATIES-8 [Adoption of an amendment to Annex A] of 27 October 2011 and C.N.762.2012-TREATIES-XXVII.15 of 8 October 2013 (Entry into force); (see End Note 3) C.N.934.2013.TREATIES-XXVII-15 of 26 November 2013 (Amendment to Annex A); (see End Note 4).

Note: The Convention was adopted on 22 May 2001 at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Stockholm, 22-23 May 2001. In accordance with its article 24, the Convention will be open for signature at Stockholm by all States and by regional economic integration organizations on 23 May 2001 at the Stockholm City Conference Centre/Folkets Hus, and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 24 May 2001 to 22 May 2002.

Status:

Number of Signatories:

Number of Parties:  1

 

Participant Signature, Succession to Signature (d) Ratification, Acceptance (A), Approval (AA), Accession (a)
Afghanistan 20/02/2013 (a)
Albania 05/12/2001 04/10/2004
Algeria 05/09/2001 22/09/2006
Angola 23/10/2006 (a)
Antigua and Barbuda 23/05/2001 10/09/2003
Argentina

Argentina

In accordance with article 25, paragraph 4 of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the Republic of Argentina declares that any amendment to Annex A, B, or C shall enter into force for Argentina only after it has deposited its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto.

23/05/2001 25/01/2005
Armenia 23/05/2001 26/11/2003
Australia

Australia

In accordance with article 25 (4) [of the Convention], the Government of Australia declares that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of Australia's instrument of ratification with respect thereto.

23/05/2001 20/05/2004
Austria

Austria

The Republic of Austria declares in accordance with Article 18 paragraph 2 of the Convention that it accepts both of the means of dispute settlement mentioned in paragraph 2 as compulsory in relation to any party accepting an obligation concerning one or both of these means of dispute settlement.

23/05/2001 27/08/2002
Azerbaijan 13/01/2004 (a)
Bahamas 20/03/2002 03/10/2005
Bahrain

Bahrain

1. Arbitration according to the procedures adopted by the Conference of States Parties is the only binding procedure for the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain regarding resolving any dispute on the interpretation or implementation of the Convention.

2. Any amendment to the Convention annexes A, B and C will not be binding to the Kingdom of Bahrain unless it is ratified according to the constitutional rules.

22/05/2002 31/01/2006
Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 4, of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Bangladesh hereby declares that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for Bangladesh only upon the deposit by Bangladesh of its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval with respect thereto.

23/05/2001 12/03/2007
Barbados 07/06/2004 (a)
Belarus 03/02/2004 (a)
Belgium

Belgium

Upon signature:

This signature engages also the Waloon region, the Flemish region, and the Brussels-Capital region.

23/05/2001 25/05/2006
Belize 14/05/2002 25/01/2010
Benin 23/05/2001 05/01/2004
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 23/05/2001 03/06/2003
Bosnia and Herzegovina 23/05/2001 30/03/2010
Botswana

Botswana

... the Republic of Botswana declares pursuant to article 25 (4) that, with respect to it, any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for it only after it has deposited an instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect to such amendment.

28/10/2002 (a)
Brazil 23/05/2001 16/06/2004
Brunei Darussalam 21/05/2002
Bulgaria 23/05/2001 20/12/2004
Burkina Faso 23/05/2001 31/12/2004
Burundi 02/04/2002 02/08/2005
Cabo Verde 01/03/2006 (a)
Cambodia 23/05/2001 25/08/2006
Cameroon 05/10/2001 19/05/2009
Canada

Canada

Pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 4, of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Canada hereby declares that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for Canada only upon the deposit by Canada of its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval with respect thereto.

23/05/2001 23/05/2001
Central African Republic 09/05/2002 12/02/2008
Chad 16/05/2002 10/03/2004
Chile 23/05/2001 20/01/2005
China

China

In accordance with the provisions of article 25, paragraph 4 of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, with respect to the People's Republic of China, any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto.

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23/05/2001 13/08/2004
Colombia 23/05/2001 22/10/2008
Comoros 23/05/2001 23/02/2007
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 23/03/2005 (a)
Congo, Republic of the 04/12/2001 12/02/2007
Cook Islands 29/06/2004 (a)
Costa Rica 16/04/2002 06/02/2007
Côte d´Ivoire 23/05/2001 20/01/2004
Croatia 23/05/2001 30/01/2007
Cuba 23/05/2001 21/12/2007
Cyprus 07/03/2005 (a)
Czech Republic 23/05/2001 06/08/2002
Denmark 4 23/05/2001 17/12/2003
Djibouti 15/11/2001 11/03/2004
Dominica 08/08/2003 (a)
Dominican Republic 23/05/2001 04/05/2007
Ecuador 28/08/2001 07/06/2004
Egypt 17/05/2002 02/05/2003
El Salvador

El Salvador

Reservation:

With respect to the provisions of article 18 of this Convention, the Republic of El Salvador does not consider itself bound by the provisions of paragraph 2 of that article in that it does not recognize the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice.

30/07/2001 27/05/2008
Eritrea 10/03/2005 (a)
Estonia

Estonia

Upon accession:

1) In accordance with Article 25, paragraph 4 of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, any amendment to Annex A, B and C of the Convention shall enter into force for the Republic of Estonia only after the Republic of Estonia has deposited its instrument of approval to the amendment;

2) As a Member State of the European Community the Republic of Estonia has transferred its competence to the European Community in fields governed by this Convention and listed in the declaration annexed to the Council Decision of 14 October 2004 concerning the conclusion, on behalf of the European Community, of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (2006/507/EC).

07/11/2008 (a)
Ethiopia 17/05/2002 09/01/2003
European Union

European Union

Declaration in accordance with article 25 (3) :

The Community declares that, in accordance with the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular article 175 thereof, it is competent for entering into international environmental agreements, and for implementing the obligations resulting therefrom, which contribute to the pursuit of the following objectives:

- Preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment,

- Protecting human health,

- Prudent and rational utilisation of natural resources,

- Promoting measures at international level to deal with regional or worldwide environmental problems.

Moreover, the Community declares that it has already adopted legal instruments, binding on its Member States, covering matters governed by this Convention, and will submit and update, as appropriate, a list of those legal instruments to the Conference of the Parties in accordance with article 15 (1) of the Convention.

The Community is responsible for the performance of those obligations resulting from the Convention which are covered by Community law in force.

The exercise of Community competence is, by its nature, subject to continuous development.

23/05/2001 16/11/2004 (AA)
Fiji 14/06/2001 20/06/2001
Finland 23/05/2001 03/09/2002 (A)
France 23/05/2001 17/02/2004 (AA)
Gabon 21/05/2002 07/05/2007
Gambia 23/05/2001 28/04/2006
Georgia 23/05/2001 04/10/2006
Germany 23/05/2001 25/04/2002
Ghana 23/05/2001 30/05/2003
Greece 23/05/2001 03/05/2006
Guatemala

Guatemala

In accordance with article 25, paragraph 4 of the aforementioned Convention, the Government of the Republic of Guatemala declares that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for Guatemala only after it has deposited its instrument of accession or ratification.

29/01/2002 30/07/2008
Guinea 23/05/2001 11/12/2007
Guinea-Bissau 24/04/2002 06/08/2008
Guyana 12/09/2007 (a)
Haiti 23/05/2001
Honduras 17/05/2002 23/05/2005
Hungary 23/05/2001 14/03/2008
Iceland 23/05/2001 29/05/2002
India

India

28 March 2006

Any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto.

14/05/2002 13/01/2006
Indonesia 23/05/2001 28/09/2009
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 23/05/2001 06/02/2006
Ireland 23/05/2001 05/08/2010
Israel 30/07/2001
Italy 23/05/2001
Jamaica 23/05/2001 01/06/2007
Japan 30/08/2002 (a)
Jordan 18/01/2002 08/11/2004
Kazakhstan 23/05/2001 09/11/2007
Kenya 23/05/2001 24/09/2004
Kiribati 04/04/2002 07/09/2004
Korea, Democratic People´s Republic of 26/08/2002 (a)
Korea, Republic of

Korea, Republic of

The Republic of Korea, in accordance with Article 25, paragraph 4 of the Convention, declares that, with respect to the Republic of Korea, any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto.

04/10/2001 25/01/2007
Kuwait 23/05/2001 12/06/2006
Kyrgyzstan 16/05/2002 12/12/2006
Lao People´s Democratic Republic 05/03/2002 28/06/2006
Latvia 23/05/2001 28/10/2004
Lebanon 23/05/2001 03/01/2003
Lesotho 23/01/2002 23/01/2002
Liberia 23/05/2002 (a)
Libya 14/06/2005 (a)
Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

The Principality of Liechtenstein declares in accordance with Article 18 paragraph 2 of the Convention that it accepts both of the means of dispute settlement mentioned in this paragraph as compulsory in relation to any party accepting an obligation concerning one or both of these means of dispute settlement.

23/05/2001 03/12/2004
Lithuania 17/05/2002 05/12/2006
Luxembourg 23/05/2001 07/02/2003
Madagascar 24/09/2001 18/11/2005
Malawi 22/05/2002 27/02/2009
Malaysia 16/05/2002
Maldives 17/10/2006 (a)
Mali 23/05/2001 05/09/2003
Malta 23/05/2001
Marshall Islands 27/01/2003 (a)
Mauritania 08/08/2001 22/07/2005
Mauritius

Mauritius

Pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 4, of the Stockholm Convention on Persistant Organic Pollutants, the Republic of Mauritius declares that any amendments to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for the Republic of Mauritius only upon the deposit by the Republic of Mauritius of its instrument of Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Accession with respect thereto.

23/05/2001 13/07/2004
Mexico 23/05/2001 10/02/2003
Micronesia (Federated States of)

Micronesia (Federated States of)

1. The Federated States of Micronesia declares in accordance with the provisions of article 25, paragraph 4 of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of the Federated States of Micronesia's instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession thereto.

2. The Federated States of Micronesia declares in accordance with Article 18, paragraph 2 of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants that it accepts both of the means of dispute settlement mentioned in this paragraph as compulsory in relation to any party accepting an obligation concerning one or both of these means of dispute settlement.

31/07/2001 15/07/2005
Moldova, Republic of

Moldova, Republic of

In accordance with article 18, paragraph 2 of the Convention, the Republic of Moldova accepts both of the means of dispute settlement mentioned in this paragraph as compulsory in relation to any party that accepts the same obligation.

Pursuant to article 25, paragraph 4, of the Convention, any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for the Republic of Moldova only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval with respect thereto.

23/05/2001 07/04/2004
Monaco 23/05/2001 20/10/2004
Mongolia 17/05/2002 30/04/2004
Montenegro 5 23/10/2006 (d) 31/03/2011
Morocco 23/05/2001 15/06/2004
Mozambique 23/05/2001 31/10/2005
Myanmar 19/04/2004 (a)
Namibia 24/06/2005 (a)
Nauru 09/05/2002 09/05/2002
Nepal 05/04/2002 06/03/2007
Netherlands

Netherlands

The Kingdom of the Netherlands declares, in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 18 of the Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, that it accepts both means of dispute settlement referred to in that paragraph as compulsory in relation to any Party accepting one or both means of dispute settlement.

23/05/2001 28/01/2002 (A)
New Zealand 6 23/05/2001 24/09/2004
Nicaragua 23/05/2001 01/12/2005
Niger 12/10/2001 12/04/2006
Nigeria 23/05/2001 24/05/2004
Niue 12/03/2002 02/09/2005
Norway 23/05/2001 11/07/2002
Oman 04/03/2002 19/01/2005
Pakistan 06/12/2001 17/04/2008
Palau 28/03/2002 08/09/2011
Panama 23/05/2001 05/03/2003
Papua New Guinea 23/05/2001 07/10/2003
Paraguay 12/10/2001 01/04/2004
Peru 23/05/2001 14/09/2005
Philippines 23/05/2001 27/02/2004
Poland 23/05/2001 23/10/2008
Portugal 23/05/2001 15/07/2004 (A)
Qatar 10/12/2004 (a)
Romania 23/05/2001 28/10/2004
Russian Federation

Russian Federation

1. The Russian Federation declares that in accordance with paragraph 2 of article 18 of the Convention, with respect to any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of the Convention, it recognizes the means of dispute settlement indicated in subparagraphs (a) and (b) of paragraph 2 of article 18 of the Convention as compulsory in relation to any Party accepting the same obligations;

2. The Russian Federation declares that in accordance with paragraph 4 of article 25 of the Convention any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for the Russian Federation only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto.

22/05/2002 17/08/2011
Rwanda 05/06/2002 (a)
Saint Kitts and Nevis 21/05/2004 (a)
Saint Lucia 04/10/2002 (a)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 15/09/2005 (a)
Samoa 23/05/2001 04/02/2002
Sao Tome and Principe 03/04/2002 12/04/2006
Saudi Arabia 14/03/2002 25/07/2012
Senegal 23/05/2001 08/10/2003
Serbia

Serbia

The Republic of Serbia declares in accordance with Article 18 of the Convention that it accepts both of the means of dispute settlement mentioned in paragraph 2.

02/05/2002 31/07/2009
Seychelles 25/03/2002 03/06/2008 (a)
Sierra Leone 26/09/2003 (a)
Singapore 23/05/2001 24/05/2005
Slovakia

Slovakia

See end note 7

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23/05/2001 05/08/2002
Slovenia

Slovenia

In accordance with article 25, paragraph 4 of the Convention, the Republic of Slovenia herewith declares, that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification with respect thereto.

23/05/2001 04/05/2004
Solomon Islands 28/07/2004 (a)
Somalia 26/07/2010 (a)
South Africa 23/05/2001 04/09/2002
Spain

Spain

Any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for Spain only upon the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto.

Declaration:

In the event that the Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants should in any way result in actions related to Gibraltar, Spain wishes to make the following declaration:

1. Gibraltar is a Non-Self-Governing Territory for whose international relations the United Kingdom is responsible and which is subject to a process of decolonization in accordance with the relevant decisions and resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly.

2. The Gibraltar authorities are local in character and exercise an exclusively domestic jurisdiction that originates in and is based on the powers allocated to and conferred on them by the United Kingdom, in accordance with its domestic law and in its capacity as the sovereign State upon which depends the said Non-Self-Governing Territory.

3. Consequently, any involvement by the Gibraltar authorities in the implementation of this Convention shall be understood to take place exclusively within the framework of the domestic jurisdiction of Gibraltar and shall not be considered to affect in any way the content of the two preceding paragraphs.

4. The procedure envisaged in the “Agreed Arrangements relating to Gibraltar Authorities in the Context of Certain International Treaties (2007)”, signed by Spain and the United Kingdom on 19 December 2007, together with the “Agreed Arrangements relating to Gibraltar Authorities in the Context of EU and EC Instruments and Related Treaties”, of 19 April 2000, shall be applicable to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, adopted on 22 May 2001.

23/05/2001 28/05/2004
Sri Lanka 05/09/2001 22/12/2005
Sudan 23/05/2001 29/08/2006
Suriname 22/05/2002 20/09/2011
Swaziland 13/01/2006 (a)
Sweden 23/05/2001 08/05/2002
Switzerland 23/05/2001 30/07/2003
Syrian Arab Republic

Syrian Arab Republic

The ratification of the Syrian Arab Republic to this Convention shall in no way signify the recognition of Israel or entail entry into any dealings with Israel in the context of the provisions of this Convention.

15/02/2002 05/08/2005
Tajikistan 21/05/2002 08/02/2007
Tanzania, United Republic of 23/05/2001 30/04/2004
Thailand 22/05/2002 31/01/2005
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 23/05/2001 27/05/2004
Togo 23/05/2001 22/07/2004
Tonga 21/05/2002 23/10/2009
Trinidad and Tobago 13/12/2002 (a)
Tunisia 23/05/2001 17/06/2004
Turkey 23/05/2001 14/10/2009
Tuvalu 19/01/2004 (a)
Uganda 20/07/2004 (a)
Ukraine 23/05/2001 25/09/2007
United Arab Emirates 23/05/2001 11/07/2002
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 11/12/2001 17/01/2005
United States of America 23/05/2001
Uruguay 23/05/2001 09/02/2004
Vanuatu

Vanuatu

That in relation to paragraph 4 of Article 25 of the Convention, any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall bind the Republic of Vanuatu only upon its deposit of an instrument of ratification or accession with respect to such amendments.

21/05/2002 16/09/2005
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

In accordance with article 25, paragraph 4 of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela declares that any amendment to Annex A, B, or C shall enter into force for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela only after it has deposited its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto.

23/05/2001 19/04/2005
Viet Nam 23/05/2001 22/07/2002
Yemen 05/12/2001 09/01/2004
Zambia 23/05/2001 07/07/2006
Zimbabwe 23/05/2001 01/03/2012


Declarations

(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations were made upon ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.)



End Notes

1. For the purpose of entry into force of the [Convention/Protocol] , any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession deposited by a regional economic integration organization shall not be counted as additional to those deposited by member States of that Organization.
2. The following countries, pursuant to Article 25 (4), declared that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force only upon the deposit of their instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Botswana, Canada, China, Estonia, Guatemala, India, Mauritius, Micronesia, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Vanuatu, Venezuela. On 23 September 2013, the Government of Guatemala deposited its instrument of accession to Amendments to Annexes A, B and C of the Convention. On 16 May 2012, the Government of the Republic of Moldova deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A and C of the Convention. On 9 May 2012, the Government of the Republic of Korea deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C of the Convention. On 9 November 2011, the Government of Argentina deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C of the Convention. On 16 August 2011, the Government of Spain deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C of the Convention. On 4 January 2011, the Government of Canada deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C of the Convention. On 23 August 2010, the Government of New Zealand notified the Secretary-General, in accordance with paragraphs 3 (b) and 3 (c) and paragraph 4 of article 22 of the Convention, that it is currently unable to accept the amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 23 September 2014, the Government of Guatemala deposited its instrument of accession to an Amendment to Annex A to the Convention, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.934.2013.TREATIES-XXVII.15

On 26 December 2013, the Government of China deposited its instrument of ratification of Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N. 524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009, with the following declaration:

In accordance with the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, the Government of the People’s Republic of China decides that the […] amendments apply to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

On 20 November 2013, the Government of Estonia deposited its instrument of approval of Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 23 September 2013, the Government of Guatemala deposited its instrument of accession to Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 10 May 2013, the Government of Slovakia deposited its instrument of acceptance to Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 16 May 2012, the Government of the Republic of Moldova deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 9 May 2012, the Government of the Republic of Korea deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 9 November 2011, the Government of Argentina deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 16 August 2011, the Government of Spain deposited its instrument of acceptance (with declaration) to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C (C.N.531.2011.TREATIES-4 of 30 August 2011), transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 4 January 2011, the Government of Canada deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.

On 23 August 2010, the Government of New Zealand notified the Secretary-General, in accordance with paragraphs 3 (b) and 3 (c) and paragraph 4 of article 22 of the Convention, that it is currently unable to accept the amendments to Annexes A, B and C, transmitted by depositary notification C.N.524.2009.TREATIES-4 of 26 August 2009.


3. With the following :

In accordance with the provisions of article 153 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and article 138 of the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, the Government of the People’s Republic of China decides that the Convention shall apply to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.
4. By a communication received on 10 February 2012, the Government of Denmark informed the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw the declaration, made upon ratification, regarding the territorial exclusion in respect of the Faroe Islands.

Upon ratification on 17 December 2003, Denmark had notified the Secretary-General of the following: With a territorial exclusion in respect of the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
5. See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
6. With the following territorial exclusion:

".....consistent with the constitutional status of Tokelau and taking into account the commitment of the Government of New Zealand the development of self-government for Tokelau through an act of self-determination under the Charter of the United Nations, this ratification 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."
7. By a communication received on May 2013, the Government of the Slovak Republic informed the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw the following declaration made upon ratification and deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendments to Annexes A, B and C of the Convention:

“Pursuant to article 25, paragraph 4, of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the Slovak Republic hereby declares that any amendment to Annex A, B or C shall enter into force for the Slovak Republic only upon the deposit by the Slovak Republic of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect thereto”.


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