Annual UN event continues with nine States endorsing multilateral treaties

Nine Member States today participated in the third day of the 2008 United Nations treaty event, further helping to promote universal participation in more than 500 multilateral global pacts, by signing or ratifying 22 separate conventions, agreements, treaties and optional protocols.

Second day of UN event sparks further uptake of multilateral treaties

Seven Member States participated today in the second day of the 2008 United Nations treaty event, which helps to promote the universal participation of countries in more than 500 multilateral pacts, by signing or ratifying 10 separate conventions, agreements, treaties and optional protocols.

Annual UN treaty event kicks off with endorsements of disability rights pact

Eight Member States today signed or ratified 11 separate conventions, agreements and treaties on issues ranging from migrant workers’ rights to the protection of tropical timber during the annual United Nations event designed to increase participation in global pacts.

Assembly President hails Cuban signature of key UN human rights texts

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim today welcomed Cuba’s signing of two key United Nations human rights documents: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICPPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

Nearly 50 countries take treaty action at annual UN event

This year’s special United Nations event to spur participation in international pacts wrapped up today, with 47 countries having taken a total of 79 treaty actions.

Countries can do more to implement international treaties, says UN official

More than 40 countries have now indicated they plan to sign, ratify or accede to at least one international treaty over the next two weeks as part of the annual campaign to promote such conventions during the opening of the General Assembly session, a United Nations official said today.

Peace, development and human rights the focus of annual UN treaty event

International pacts that deal with peace, development and human rights will be the focus of this year’s annual campaign to promote the signature and ratification of treaties during the opening of the General Assembly session.

UN-approved global pact to outlaw enforced disappearances opens for signature

Almost 60 countries have signed a global treaty that outlaws enforced disappearances and allows victims’ families the right to learn the truth about what happened after the pact – approved by the United Nations General Assembly last year – was officially opened for signature today.

Concerned that the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is still not in force, Annan calls for urgency

Expressing disquiet that the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty still requires 10 more signatures to come into force, despite it being open for signing for exactly a decade today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Member States to show greater urgency as he highlighted the consequences of further delays.

18 countries take 29 treaty actions at annual UN event

Eighteen countries have taken 29 actions signing and ratifying international pacts during the first three days of a special event taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York.