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Review Conferences
    Article 12

    Review Conferences

    1. A Review Conference shall be convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations five years after the entry into force of this Convention. Further Review Conferences shall be convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations if so requested by one or more States Parties, provided that the interval between Review Conferences shall in no case be less than five years. All States Parties to this Convention shall be invited to each Review Conference.

    2. The purpose of the Review Conference shall be:

    a) To review the operation and status of this Convention;

    b) To consider the need for and the interval between further Meetings of the States Parties referred to in paragraph 2 of Article 11;

    c) To take decisions on submissions of States Parties as provided for in Article 5; and

    d) To adopt, if necessary, in its final report conclusions related to the implementation of this Convention.

    3. States not parties to this Convention, as well as the United Nations, other relevant international organizations or institutions, regional organizations, the

    International Committee of the Red Cross and relevant non-governmental organizations may be invited to attend each Review Conference as observers in accordance with the agreed Rules of Procedure.


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