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                     CONVENTION ON THE HIGH SEAS

Objective
=========

     To codify the rules of international law relating to the high
seas.

Summary of Environmentally-related provisions
=============================================

     (a) States to draw up regulations to prevent pollution of the sea
by oil from ships and pipelines or resulting from the exploration and
exploitation of the sea-bed (art. 24);

     (b) States to take measures to prevent pollution of the sea by
dumping of radioactive waste and to cooperate with international
agencies in taking such measures to prevent pollution of the seas or
airspace above them resulting from radioactive materials or other
harmful agents (art. 25).

Membership
==========

     Open for accession to all States Members of the United Nations or
members of the specialized agencies and by any other State invited by
the General Assembly of the United Nations to become Party to the
Convention (art. 31).  Instruments of accession to be deposited with
the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

     Date of adoption         29.4.1958
     Place of adoption        Geneva, Switzerland
     Date of entry into force 30.9.1962
     Languages                Chinese, English, French,
                              Russian, Spanish
     Depositary               Secretary-General of the United Nations

     Participant              Signature   Ratification     Entry into
                                          Asseccion (Ac)     force      
                                          Succession (S)
     -----------              ---------   --------------   ----------  
  
     Afghanistan              30.10.1958  28. 4.1959       30. 9.1962
     Albania                               7.12.1964 (Ac)   6. 1.1965
     Argentina                29. 4.1958
     Australia                30.10.1958  14. 5.1963       13. 6.1963
     Austria                  27.10.1958  10. 1.1974        9. 2.1974
     Belarus                  30.10.1958  27. 2.1961       30. 4.1962
     Belgium                               6. 1.1972 (Ac)   5. 2.1972
     Bolivia                  17.10.1958
     Bulgaria                 31.10.1958  31. 8.1962       30. 9.1962
     Burkina Faso                          4.10.1965 (Ac)  20. 3.1966
     Canada                   29. 4.1958
     Central African
       Republic                           15.10.1962 (Ac)  14.11.1962
     Colombia                 29. 4.1958
     Costa Rica               29. 4.1958  16. 2.1972       17. 3.1972
     Cuba                     29. 4.1958
     Cyprus                               23. 5.1988 (Ac)  23. 5.1988
     Czechoslovakia           30.10.1958  31. 8.1961       30. 9.1962
     Cambodia                             18. 3.1960 (Ac)  30. 9.1962
     Denmark                  29. 4.1958  26. 9.1968       26.10.1968
     Dominican Republic       29. 4.1958  11. 8.1964       10. 9.1964
     Fiji*                                25. 3.1971 (S)   10.10.1970
     Finland                  27.10.1958  16. 2.1965       18. 3.1965
     France                   30.10.1958
     Germany                  30.10.1958  26. 7.1973       25. 8.1973
     Ghana                    29. 4.1958
     Guatemala                29. 4.1958  27.11.1961       30. 9.1962
     Haiti                    29. 4.1958  29. 3.1960       30. 9.1962
     Holy See                 30. 4.1958
     Hungary                  31.10.1958   6.12.1961       30. 9.1962
     Iceland                  29. 4.1958
     Indonesia                 8. 5.1958  10. 8.1961       30. 9.1962
     Iran, Islamic  
       Republic of            28. 5.1958  
     Ireland                   2.10.1958
     Israel                   29. 4.1958   6. 9.1961       30. 9.1962
     Italy                                17.12.1964 (Ac)  16. 1.1965
     Jamaica                               8.10.1965 (S)   30. 9.1962
     Japan                                10. 6.1968 (Ac)  10. 7.1968
     Kenya                                20. 6.1969 (Ac)  20. 7.1969
     Lebanon                  29. 5.1958
     Lesotho                              23.10.1973 (S)   23.10.1973
     Liberia                  27. 5.1958
     Madagascar                           31. 7.1967 (Ac)  30. 9.1962
     Malawi                                3.11.1965 (Ac)   3.12.1965
     Malaysia                             21.12.1960 (Ac)  30. 9.1962
     Mauritius*                            5.10.1970 (S)   12. 3.1968
     Mexico                                2. 8.1966 (Ac)   1. 9.1966
     Mongolia                             15.10.1976 (Ac)  14.11.1976
     Nepal                   29. 4.1958   28.12.1962       27. 1.1963
     Netherlands (for all
       the parts of the
        Kingdom)             31.10.1958   18. 2.1966       20. 3.1966
     New Zealand             29.10.1958
     Nigeria                              26. 6.1961 (S)   30. 9.1962
     Pakistan                31.10.1958
     Panama                   2. 5.1958
     Poland                  31.10.1958   29. 6.1962       30. 9.1962
     Portugal                28.10.1958    8. 1.1963        7. 2.1963
     Romania                 31.10.1958   12.12.1961       30. 9.1962
     Russian Federation      30.10.1958   22.11.1960       30. 9.1962
     Senegal                              25. 4.1961 (Ac)  30. 9.1962
     Sierra Leone                         13. 3.1962 (S)   30. 9.1962
     Slovenia                              6. 7.1992 (S)    6. 7.1992
     Solomon Islands*                      3. 9.1981 (S)    3. 9.1981
     South Africa                          9. 4.1963 (Ac)   9. 5.1963
     Spain                                25. 2.1971 (Ac)  27. 3.1971
     Sri Lanka               30.10.1958
     Swaziland                            16.10.1970 (Ac)  15.11.1970
     Switzerland             24. 5.1958   18. 5.1966       17. 6.1966
     Thailand                29. 4.1958    2. 7.1968       1. 8.1968
     Tonga*                               29. 6.1971 (S)   29. 6.1972
     Trinidad and Tobago                  11. 4.1966 (S)   30. 9.1962
     Tunisia                 30.10.1958  
     Uganda                               14. 9.1964 (Ac)  14.10.1964
     Ukraine                 30.10.1958   12. 1.1961       30. 9.1962
     United Kingdom of  
       Great Britain and  
       Northern Ireland       9. 9.1958   14. 3.1960       30. 9.1962
     United States of  
       America               15. 9.1958   12. 4.1961       20. 3.1966
     Uruguay                 29. 4.1958
     Venezuela               30.10.1958   15. 8.1961       20. 3.1966
     Yugoslavia              29. 4.1958   28. 1.1966       20. 3.1966

     *   Date of deposit of formal notification of succession with the
Secretary-General.

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