REGISTER OF INTERNATIONAL TREATIES AND OTHER AGREEMENTS IN THE FIELD OF THE ENVIRONMENT INTRODUCTION ============ In pursuance of Governing Council decision 24 (III) of 30 April 1975 and General Assembly resolution 3436 (XXX) of 9 December 1975, under the terms of which both the Council and the Assembly are to be kept informed of any new international conventions concluded in the field of the environment and of the status of existing conventions, as well as Governing Council decision 66 (IV) of 13 April 1976, which requested the Executive Director to continue the systematic presentation of data and information relating to such conventions, the Register of international conventions and protocols in the field of the environment (UNEP/GC/INFORMATION/5) was first submitted to the Governing Council at its fifth session in May 1977. The Register listed 59 conventions and protocols on which the following information was provided: full official title, objectives of the agreement, summary of provisions, details concerning membership, dates of adoption and entry into force, place of adoption, depositary or depositaries, language(s) used, list of contracting parties and dates of entry into force. For the years 1978 to 1983 inclusive, the Register was completed by six supplements which updated the original edition, corrected any inaccuracies that might have occurred and introduced the most important new conventions in the field of the environment. Because the original Register, together with its six supplements, was voluminous and had become difficult to obtain, a consolidated compilation entitled Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment was made available to the Governing Council at its eleventh session. In its decision 11/7, part two, section B, of 24 May 1983, the Governing Council requested the Executive Director to make available to the Council at its twelfth session a consolidated and updated register of international treaties and other agreements in the field of the environment in all official languages. A Revised Register, UNEP/GC/Information/11/Rev.1, was presented to the Governing Council at its thirteenth session in May 1985. In May 1987, a Supplement to the Revised Register (UNEP/GC/Information/11/Rev.1/Supplement 1) was presented to the Governing Council at its fourteenth session. A Revised Register consolidating the 1985 edition, the 1987 supplement and information received since May 1987 was made available to the Governing Council at its fifteenth session in May 1989 (UNEP/GC.15/Inf.2). Thereafter a more up-to-date edition was prepared for the sixteenth session of the Governing Council and was published in May 1991 (UNEP/GC.16/Inf.4). In its decision 16/5 of 31 May 1991, the Governing Council requested the Executive Director to continue to issue the Register in all official languages and circulate to all Governments on a biennial basis, but not as an official document of the Governing Council. The present volume contains the information on the status of multilateral environmental treaties as of 30 June 1992 provided by Governments and international organizations acting as depositaries to the respective treaties. It takes into account information on further development of multilateral environmental treaties received by the UNEP secretariat up to 30 November 1992. For several global environmental treaties developed under the auspices of UNEP and/or those opened for signature during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992, it reflects the status as of 30 June 1993. The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme concerning the legal Status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. SUGGESTIONS FOR CORRECTIONS OR MODIFICATIONS SHOULD BE COMMUNICATED TO: ======================================================================= The Director Environmental Law and Institutions Programme Activity Centre United Nations Environment Programme P.O. Box 30552 Nairobi Kenya ***** .