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    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


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