May 25, 2019

Agenda 21-United Nations Environmental Policies Not Treaties but Implemented Accession

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Accession: “Accession

“Accession” is the act whereby a state accepts the offer or the opportunity to become a party to a treaty already negotiated and signed by other states. It has the same legal effect as ratification. Accession usually occurs after the treaty has entered into force. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, in his function as depositary, has also accepted accessions to some conventions before their entry into force. The conditions under which accession may occur and the procedure involved depend on the provisions of the treaty. A treaty might provide for the accession of all other states or for a limited and defined number of states. In the absence of such a provision, accession can only occur where the negotiating states were agreed or subsequently agree on it in the case of the state in question.

[Arts.2 (1) (b) and 15, Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties 1969]” — http://ask.un.org/faq/14594

Picture is from: The American State Papers, 1st Congress, 2nd Session Foreign Relations: Volume 1 Page 12 showing how long the process of Accession has been around..

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