At annual event, UN invites Member States to join multilateral treaty framework

The United Nations will be hosting the annual Treaty Event next week at its Headquarters in New York, inviting Member States to sign multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General or to become parties to them by depositing instruments of ratification or accession.

Seventieth anniversary treaty event to focus on UN contributions to international affairs

Ahead of an annual United Nations-hosted treaty signing event in New York, the Chief of the UN Office of Legal Affairs Treaty Section, Mr. Santiago Villalpando, briefed the press today, highlighting the contributions multilateral legal instruments make to the Organization’s work.

At annual event, UN Member States pave way for ‘historic’ treaty on conventional arms

Fifty-two States participated in the this year’s United Nations treaty event, held annually on the margins of the UN General Assembly’s high-level segment, as they signed or ratified a range of treaties on issues spanning human rights, disarmament, the environment, transnational organized crime and world trade, the Organization announced at the conclusion of the week-long process.

UN treaty regulating global arms trade set to enter into force

Less than two years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Arms Trade Treaty has now received the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force, the world body announced today.

Annual United Nations event gives boost to international treaties, rule of law

Forty States either signed or ratified international treaties on a range of issues, from protecting children from violence to promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, during the annual high-level event that accompanies the opening of the United Nations General Assembly.

Member States urged to consider proposals to strengthen UN treaty body system

Top United Nations officials today called on Member States to consider a set of proposals to strengthen the world body’s human rights treaty body system, which has doubled in size over the past 12 years, and make it more effective.

UN officials stress need to strengthen and harmonize human rights treaty bodies

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for increased resources to help strengthen and harmonize the treaty bodies that monitor the implementation of international human rights treaties, describing them as the indispensable link between universal standards and the individuals they are designed to protect.

South Sudan becomes newest member of UN health agency

The world’s newest country, South Sudan, today became a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) after accepting the constitution of the United Nations agency as the annual UN event to promote support for global pacts and conventions drew to a close.

Another three countries sign up to key UN protocol on biodiversity

Three African countries have signed a key protocol to a United Nations treaty aimed at encouraging more equitable sharing of the world’s genetic resources and their benefits, as the annual UN event to promote support for global pacts and conventions resumed today.

Human rights accords receive boost as annual UN treaty event opens

Ten conventions or protocols dealing with human rights received signatures or ratifications today as the annual United Nations event aimed at promoting greater participation in global treaties and international law kicked off.