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                 CONVENTION ON THE CONTINENTAL SHELF

Objectives
==========

     To define and delimit the rights of States to explore and exploit
the natural resources of the continental shelf.

Summary of provisions
=====================

     (a) Coastal States have sovereign and exclusive rights over the
continental shelf for the purpose of exploration and exploitation (art.
1);

     (b) Such exploration or exploitation must not cause unjustifiable
interference with navigation, fishing or the conservation of the living
resources of the sea, or with oceanographic or other scientific
research (art. 5).

Membership
==========

     Open for accession to all States Members of the United Nations and
members of the specialized agencies.  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      10.6.1964
     Languages                     Chinese, English, French, Russian,
                                   Spanish
     Depositary                    Secretary-General of the United Nations

     Participant               Signature  Ratification      Entry into
                                            Accession (Ac)    force      
                                            Succession (S)
     -----------               ---------  --------------    ----------

     Afghanistan               30.10.1958
     Albania                                7.12.1964 (Ac)  6. 1.1965
     Argentina                 30.10.1958
     Australia                 30.10.1958  14. 5.1963      10. 6.1964
     Belarus                   31.10.1958  27. 2.1961      10. 6.1964
     Bolivia                   17.10.1958
     Bulgaria                              31. 8.1962 (Ac) 10. 6.1964
     Cambodia                              18. 3.1960 (Ac) 10. 6.1964
     Canada                    29. 4.1958   6. 2.1970       8. 3.1970
     Chile                     31.10.1958
     China                                                 11.11.1970
     Colombia                  29. 4.1958   8. 1.1962      10. 6.1964
     Costa Rica                29. 4.1958  16. 2.1972      17. 3.1972
     Cuba                      29. 4.1958
     Cyprus                                11. 4.1974 (Ac) 11. 5.1974
     Czechoslovakia            31.10.1958  31.10.1961      10. 6.1964
     Denmark                   29. 4.1958  12. 6.1963      10. 6.1964
     Dominican Republic        29. 4.1958  11. 8.1964      10. 9.1964
     Ecuador                   31.10.1958
     Fiji*                                 25. 3.1971 (S)  25. 3.1971
     Finland                   27.10.1958  16. 2.1965      18. 3.1965
     France                                14. 1.1965 (Ac) 14. 7.1965
     Germany                   30.10.1958
     Ghana                     29. 4.1958
     Greece                                 6.11.1972 (Ac)  6.12.1972
     Guatemala                 29. 4.1958  27.11.1961      10. 6.1964
     Haiti                     29. 4.1958  29. 3.1960      10. 6.1964
     Iceland                   29. 4.1958
     Indonesia                 18. 5.1958
     Iran, Islamic Republic of 28. 5.1958
     Ireland                    2.10.1958
     Israel                    29. 4.1958    6. 9.1961      10. 6.1964
     Jamaica                                 8.10.1965 (Ac)  7.11.1965
     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. 7.1962 (Ac) 10. 6.1964
     Malawi                                  3.11.1965 (Ac)  3.12.1965
     Malaysia                               21.12.1960 (Ac) 10. 6.1964
     Malta                                  19. 5.1966 (S)  18. 6.1966
     Mauritius*                              5.10.1970 (S)   5.10.1970
     Mexico                                  2. 8.1966 (Ac)  1. 9.1966
     Nepal                     29. 4.1958
     Netherlands (for all
       parts of the Kingdom)   30.10.1958   18. 2.1966      19. 3.1966
     New Zealand               29.10.1958   18. 1.1965      17. 2.1965
     Nigeria                                28. 4.1971 (Ac) 28. 5.1971
     Norway                                  9. 9.1971 (Ac)  9.10.1971
     Pakistan                  31.10.1958
     Panama                     2. 5.1958
     Peru                      31.10.1958
     Poland                    31.10.1958   29. 6.1962      10. 6.1964
     Portugal                  28.10.1958    8. 1.1963      10. 6.1964
     Romania                                12.12.1961 (Ac) 10. 6.1964
     Russian Federation        31.10.1958   22.11.1960      10. 6.1964
     Senegal                                25. 4.1961 (Ac) 10. 6.1964
     Sierra Leone                           25.11.1966 (Ac) 25.12.1966
     Solomon Islands*                        3. 9.1981 (S)   3. 9.1981
     South Africa                            9. 4.1963 (Ac) 10. 6.1964
     Spain                                  25. 2.1971 (Ac) 27. 3.1973
     Sri Lanka                 30.10.1958
     Swaziland                              16.10.1970 (Ac) 15.11.1970
     Sweden                                  1. 6.1966 (Ac)  1. 7.1966
     Switzerland               22.10.1958   18. 5.1966      17. 6.1966
     Thailand                  29. 4.1958    2. 7.1968       1. 8.1968
     Tonga                                  29. 6.1971 (S)  29. 6.1971
     Trinidad and Tobago                    11. 7.1968 (Ac) 10. 8.1968
     Tunisia                   30.10.1958
     Uganda                                 14. 9.1964 (Ac) 14.10.1964
     Ukraine                   31.10.1958   12. 1.1961      10. 6.1964
     United Kingdom of  
       Great Britain and  
       Northern Ireland         9. 9.1958   11. 5.1964      10. 6.1964
     United States of  
       America                 15. 9.1958   12. 4.1961      10. 6.1964
     Uruguay                   29. 4.1958
               Venezuela       30.10.1958   15. 8.1961      10. 6.1964
     Yugoslavia                29. 4.1958   28. 1.1966      27. 2.1966

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

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