Registration and publication of treaties and international agreements pursuant to Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations.

  • Author: UN General Assembly (33rd sess. : 1978-1979)
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    19 December 1978

33. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE SIXTH COMMITTEE
141. Registration and publication of treaties and international agreements pursuant to Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations

A

The General Assembly, Conscious of the obligations resulting from Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations, Having examined the report of the Secretary-General on that question,[1] Noting the considerable increase in the number of international agreements in the past ten years, Also noting that the delays in registration and publication have at the same time increased to the point where the implementation of Article 102 of the Charter may be seriously jeopardized, Convinced that, taking into account the means available to the United Nations, the situation cannot be remedied without reforming the publication procedure currently provided for by the General Assembly regulations to give effect to Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations[2] in order to adapt it to the evolution of international treaty activities, with due respect for the spirit and intent of the Charter, Recalling that, by its resolution 32/144 of 16 December 1977, it has already approved, as a temporary measure, the establishment of a priority system for the publication of treaties and other international agreements in the United Nations Treaty Series, Amends article 12 of the General Assembly regulations to give effect to Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations to read as follows:

"Article 12

"1. The Secretariat shall publish as soon as possible in a single series every treaty or international agreement which is registered or filed and recorded, in the original language or languages, followed by a translation in English and in French. The certified statements referred to in article 2 of these regulations shall be published in the same manner.

"2. The Secretariat will, however, have the option not to publish in extenso a bilateral treaty or international agreement belonging to one of the following categories:

"(a) Assistance and co-operation agreements of limited scope concerning financial, commercial, administrative or technical matters;

"(b) Agreements relating to the organization of conferences, seminars or meetings;

"(c) Agreements that are to be published otherwise than in the series mentioned in paragraph 1 of this article by the United Nations Secretariat or by a specialized or related agency.

"3. In deciding whether or not to publish in extenso a treaty or international agreement belonging to one of the categories mentioned in paragraph 2 of this article, the Secretariat shall duly take into account, inter alia, the practical value that might accrue from in extenso publication. Treaties and international agreements that the Secretariat intends not to publish in extenso shall be identified as such in the monthly statements of treaties and international agreements provided for in article 13 of these regulations, it being understood that a decision not to publish in extenso may be reversed at any time.

"4. Any State or intergovernmental organization may obtain from the Secretary-General a copy of the text of any treaty or international agreement which it has been decided, pursuant to paragraph 2 of this article, not to publish in extenso. The Secretariat shall likewise make a copy of any such treaty or agreement available to private persons against payment.

"5. In respect of each treaty or international agreement registered or filed and recorded, the series referred to in paragraph 1 of this article shall include at least the following information: the registration or recording number, the names of the parties, the title, the date and place of conclusion, the date and method of entry into force, the duration (where appropriate), the languages of conclusion, the name of the State or organization that has registered it or transmitted it for filing and recording, and, if appropriate, references to publications in which the complete text of the treaty or international agreement is reproduced."

89th plenary meeting
19 December 1978

B

The General Assembly, Persuaded that the new publication procedure it has introduced by amending its regulations to give effect to Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations[3] should make it possible to rectify the current situation in the matter of the registration and publication of treaties and other international agreements,

1. Invites the Secretary-General to implement this procedure as soon as possible;

2. Also invites the Secretary-General to initiate measures, starting in 1979, to eliminate the backlog in registration and publication within the existing budgetary appropriations, taking into account paragraphs 21 and 22 of his report[4] and the savings that will result from the implementation of the new publication procedure;

3. Takes note of the consultations initiated with certain international organizations in accordance with General Assembly resolution 32/144 of 16 December 1977;

4. Requests the Secretary-General to continue these consultations;

5. Further requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its thirty-fourth session on the implementation of the present resolution and to submit to that session, if he deems it opportune, additional proposals concerning the updating of the regulations to give effect to Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations in the light of the evolution of practice and the results of computerization;

6. Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its thirty-fourth session the item entitled "Registration and publication of treaties and international agreements pursuant to Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations".

89th plenary meeting
19 December 1978


[1] A/33/258. [2]4 Adopted by the General Assembly in its resolution 97 (I). For the text of the regulations as modified by resolutions 364 B (IV) and 482 (V), see United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 76, P. XVIll. [3] Ibid. [4] A/33/258.
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