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STATES PARTIES
SIGNATURE
RATIFICATION / ACCESSION
RESERVATION / DECLARATION
  22.07.1983
  19.05.1971
  26.08.2003
  23.06.1993
  16.08.1996
07.01.1969 08.05.1969
  06.10.1983
  01.09.1993
21.01.1969 21.05.1969
  06.10.1972
  27.04.2009
  12.10.1992
  13.09.1972
  22.02.1993
  08.11.1984
  21.10.1991
  29.12.1978
  31.03.1995
  07.09.2000
  07.06.1971
  16.08.2010
25.03.1969 24.06.1969
  12.01.1971
  01.05.1972
  07.03.1995
  28.12.1984
  14.04.1992
  16.09.2005
  16.05.1989
  01.02.1996
  18.01.1994
03.07.1969 15.03.2002
31.01.1969 21.05.1969
  23.10.2006
  03.09.1986
  01.12.1970
  21.06.2007
  23.09.2008
  11.08.2003
  15.05.1973
16.12.1968 14.02.1969
  26.01.1993
17.04.1969 15.09.1969
06.01.1969 22.04.1969
  16.04.1975
  09.11.1981
  12.03.2001
  28.05.1993
  06.07.1992
  15.06.1972
14.01.1969 19.06.1969
  21.09.2001
  06.05.1983
  09.02.1987
     
1) Ratification : a treaty is generally open for signature for a certain time following the conference which has adopted it. However, a signature is not binding on a State unless it has been endorsed by ratification. The time limits having elapsed, the Conventions and the Protocols are no longer open for signature. The States which have not signed them may at any time accede or, in the appropriate circumstances, succeed to them.
Accession : instead of signing and then ratifying a treaty, a State may become party to it by the single act called accession.

2) Reservation / Declaration : unilateral statement, however phrased or named, made by a State when ratifying, acceding or succeeding to a treaty, whereby it purports to exclude or to modify the legal effect of certain provisions of the treaty in their application to that State (provided that such reservations are not incompatible with the object and purpose of the treaty).