New UN treaty signatures and ratifications reach four-year high

Sixty-four countries took 103 treaty actions at this year’s General Assembly General Debate – the highest participation in four years – in what has become an annual United Nations event to muster support for a whole raft of conventions ranging from protecting human rights to fighting terrorism to fighting climate change.

UN urges Member States to sign up to treaties with global reach

Top United Nations officials have urged Member States to sign, ratify or accede to treaties with global reach in areas ranging from climate change to terrorism and the use of nuclear weapons as the world body begins its annual campaign to promote such conventions.