Status of ratifications

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List of Parties and Signatories

Entry into force:

24 February 2004 in accordance with article 26 which reads as follows: "1. The Convention shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after the date of deposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. 2. For each State or regional economic integration organization that ratifies, accepts or approves this Convention or accedes thereto after the deposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, the Convention shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after the date of deposit by such State or regional economic integration organization of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. 3. For the purpose of paragraphs 1 and 2, any instrument deposited by a regional economic integration organization shall not be counted as additional to those deposited by member States of that organization.".

Registration:

24 February 2004, No. 39973

Text:

United Nations, Treaty Series , vol. 2244, p. 337; C.N.846.2002.TREATIES-8 of 20 August 2002 (proposal of corrections to the original English text of the Convention); C.N.1029.2002.TREATIES-18 of 23 September 2002 (correction to the original English text of the Convention); C.N.10.2005.TREATIES-1 of 11 January 2005 (Adoption of Annex VI); C.N.11.2005.TREATIES-2 of 11 January 2005 (Amendments to Annex III); C.N.83.2009.TREATIES-1 of 5 February 2009 (Amendment to Annex III); C.N.139.2012.TREATIES-XXVII-14 of 8 March 2012 (Adoption of Amendment to Annex III). See End Notes 2, 3, 4, 5.

Note:

The Convention was adopted on 10 September 1998 by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Convention in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In accordance with its article 24, the Convention will be open for signature at Rotterdam by all States and regional economic integration organizations on 11 September 1998, and subsequently at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 September 1998 to 10 September 1999.

Status:

Number of Signatories:

Number of Parties:  1

 

Participant Signature Ratification, Acceptance (A), Approval (AA), Accession (a)
Afghanistan 06/03/2013 (a)
Albania 09/08/2010 (a)
Angola 11/09/1998
Antigua and Barbuda 23/08/2010 (a)
Argentina 11/09/1998 11/06/2004
Armenia 11/09/1998 26/11/2003
Australia 06/07/1999 20/05/2004
Austria 11/09/1998 27/08/2002
Bahrain 16/04/2012 (a)
Barbados 11/09/1998
Belgium 11/09/1998 23/10/2002
Belize 20/04/2005 (a)
Benin 11/09/1998 05/01/2004
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 18/12/2003 (a)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 19/03/2007 (a)
Botswana

Botswana

[Pursuant to] paragraph 2 of Article 20, the Government of the Republic of Botswana declares that, with respect to any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of the Convention, it recognises both means of dispute settlement set out in this provision, as compulsory in relation to any Party accepting the same obligation under the Convention. This Declaration shall remain valid for the period that the Government of the Republic of Botswana is a party to the Convention.

05/02/2008 (a)
Brazil 11/09/1998 16/06/2004
Bulgaria 25/07/2000 (a)
Burkina Faso 11/09/1998 11/11/2002
Burundi 23/09/2004 (a)
Cabo Verde 01/03/2006 (a)
Cambodia 01/03/2013 (a)
Cameroon 11/09/1998 20/05/2002
Canada 26/08/2002 (a)
Chad 11/09/1998 10/03/2004
Chile 11/09/1998 20/01/2005
China 6 7  24/08/1999 22/03/2005
Colombia 11/09/1998 03/12/2008
Congo, Republic of the 11/09/1998 13/07/2006
Cook Islands 29/06/2004 (a)
Costa Rica 17/08/1999 13/08/2009
Côte d´Ivoire 11/09/1998 20/01/2004
Croatia 16/11/2007 (a)
Cuba 11/09/1998 22/02/2008
Cyprus 11/09/1998 17/12/2004
Czech Republic 22/06/1999 12/06/2000
Korea, Democratic People´s Republic of 06/02/2004 (a)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 23/03/2005
Denmark 8 11/09/1998 15/01/2004
Djibouti 10/11/2004 (a)
Dominica 30/12/2005 (a)
Dominican Republic 24/03/2006 (a)
Ecuador 11/09/1998 04/05/2004
El Salvador 16/02/1999 08/09/1999
Equatorial Guinea 07/02/2003 (a)
Eritrea 10/03/2005 (a)
Estonia

Estonia

With respect to any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention, the Republic of Estonia recognizes both of the means of dispute settlement stated in Article 20, paragraph 2 as compulsory in relation to any Party accepting the same obligation.

13/06/2006 (a)
Ethiopia 09/01/2003 (a)
European Union

European Union

The European Community declares that, in accordance with the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 175(l) thereof, it is competent to enter into international agreements, and to implement the obligations resulting therefrom, which contribute to the pursuit of the following objectives:

Preserving, Protecting and improving the quality of the environment;

protecting human health;

prudent and rational utilisation of natural resources;

promoting measures at international level to deal with regional or worldwide environmental problems.

Moreover, the European Community declares that it has already adopted legal instruments, including a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council concerning the export and import of dangerous chemicals, binding on its Member States, covering matters governed by this Convention, and will submit and update, as appropriate, a list of those legal instruments to the Secretariat of the Convention.

The European Community is responsible for the performance of those obligations resulting from the Convention which are covered by Community law in force.

The exercise of Community competence is, by its nature, subject to continuous development.

11/09/1998 20/12/2002 (AA)
Finland 11/09/1998 04/06/2004 (a)
France 11/09/1998 17/02/2004 (AA)
Gabon 18/12/2003 (a)
Gambia 26/02/2002 (a)
Georgia 27/02/2007 (a)
Germany 11/09/1998 11/01/2001
Ghana 11/09/1998 30/05/2003
Greece 11/09/1998 23/12/2003
Guatemala 19/04/2010 (a)
Guinea 07/09/2000 (a)
Guinea-Bissau 10/09/1999 12/06/2008
Guyana 25/06/2007 (a)
Honduras 26/09/2011 (a)
Hungary 10/09/1999 31/10/2000
India 24/05/2005 (a)
Indonesia 09/11/1998 24/09/2013
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 17/02/1999 26/08/2004
Ireland 10/06/2005 (a)
Israel

Israel

Declaration:

Pursuant to article 20, paragraph 2 of the Convention, the Government of the State of Israel declares that with respect to any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of the convention, it recognizes only (a) Arbitration in accordance with procedures to be adopted by the Conference of the Parties in an annex as soon as practicable.

Declaration:

The Government of the State of Israel has noted that the instrument of ratification of the Syrian Arab Republic to the abovementioned Convention contains a declaration with respect to the State of Israel. The Government of the State of Israel considers that such a declaration, which is explicitly of a political nature, is incompatible with the purposes and objectives of the Convention.

The Government of the State of Israel therefore objects to the aforesaid declaration made by the Syrian Arab Republic.

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Israel

13 January 2004

With regard to the declaration made by the Syrian Arab Republic upon ratification :

"The Government of the State of Israel has noted that the instrument of ratification of the Syrian Arab Republic to the abovementioned Convention contains a declaration with respect to the State of Israel. The Government of the State of Israel considers that such declaration, which is explicitly of a political nature, is incompatible with the purposes and objectives of the Convention.

The Government of the State of Israel therefore objects to the aforesaid declaration made by the Syrian Arab Republic."

20/05/1999 03/10/2011
Italy 11/09/1998 27/08/2002
Jamaica 20/08/2002 (a)
Japan 31/08/1999 15/06/2004
Jordan 22/07/2002 (a)
Kazakhstan 01/11/2007 (a)
Kenya 11/09/1998 03/02/2005
Kuwait 11/09/1998 12/05/2006
Kyrgyzstan 11/08/1999 25/05/2000
Lao People´s Democratic Republic 09/10/2010 (a)
Latvia 23/04/2003 (a)
Lebanon 13/11/2006 (a)
Lesotho 30/05/2008 (a)
Liberia 22/09/2004 (a)
Libya 09/07/2002 (a)
Liechtenstein 18/06/2004 (a)
Lithuania 17/03/2004 (a)
Luxembourg 11/09/1998 28/08/2002
Madagascar 08/12/1998 22/09/2004
Malawi 27/02/2009 (a)
Malaysia 04/09/2002 (a)
Maldives 17/10/2006 (a)
Mali 11/09/1998 05/06/2003
Marshall Islands 27/01/2003 (a)
Mauritania 01/09/1999 22/07/2005 (A)
Mauritius 05/08/2005 (a)
Mexico 04/05/2005 (a)
Mongolia 11/09/1998 08/03/2001
Montenegro 30/12/2011 (a)
Morocco 25/04/2011 (a)
Mozambique 15/04/2010 (a)
Namibia 11/09/1998 24/06/2005
Nepal 09/02/2007 (a)
Netherlands

Netherlands

Declaration (17 February 2010):

The Kingdom of the Netherlands declares, in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 20 of the Rotterdam Convention on the prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade, that it accepts both means of dispute settlement referred to in that paragraph as compulsory in relation to any Party accepting one or both means of dispute settlement.

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11/09/1998 20/04/2000 (A)
New Zealand 10 11/09/1998 23/09/2003
Nicaragua 19/09/2008 (a)
Niger 16/02/2006 (a)
Nigeria 28/06/2001 (a)
Norway

Norway

In accordance with article 20 (2), [Norway declares that], with respect to any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of the Convention, it recognizes (b) Submission of the dispute to the International Court of Justice.

11/09/1998 25/10/2001 (A)
Oman 31/01/2000 (a)
Pakistan 09/09/1999 14/07/2005
Panama 11/09/1998 18/08/2000
Paraguay 11/09/1998 18/08/2003
Peru 11/09/1998 14/09/2005
Philippines 11/09/1998 31/07/2006
Poland 14/09/2005 (a)
Portugal 11/09/1998 16/02/2005 (AA)
Qatar 10/12/2004 (a)
Korea, Republic of 07/09/1999 11/08/2003
Moldova, Republic of

Moldova, Republic of

According to article 20 of the Convention, the Republic of Moldova declares that [it] accepts both means of dispute settlement, mentioned in paragraph 2 of the article, as compulsory in relation to any Party accepting the same obligation.

27/01/2005 (a)
Romania 02/09/2003 (a)
Russian Federation 28/04/2011 (a)
Rwanda 07/01/2004 (a)
Saint Kitts and Nevis 14/08/2012 (a)
Saint Lucia 25/01/1999
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 29/10/2010 (a)
Samoa 30/05/2002 (a)
Sao Tome and Principe 23/05/2013 (a)
Saudi Arabia 07/09/2000 (a)
Senegal 11/09/1998 20/07/2001
Serbia 31/07/2009 (a)
Seychelles 11/09/1998
Singapore 24/05/2005 (a)
Slovakia 26/01/2007 (a)
Slovenia 11/09/1998 17/11/1999
Somalia 26/07/2010 (a)
South Africa 04/09/2002 (a)
Spain 11/09/1998 02/03/2004
Sri Lanka 19/01/2006 (a)
Sudan 17/02/2005 (a)
Suriname 30/05/2000 (a)
Swaziland 24/09/2012 (a)
Sweden 11/09/1998 10/10/2003
Switzerland 11/09/1998 10/01/2002
Syrian Arab Republic

Syrian Arab Republic

The Government of the Syrian Arab Republic has reviewed the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, which was signed in 1998. Having given it thorough consideration:

It declares that it has already ratified the above-mentioned Convention by virtue of legislative decree No. 35 of 13 July 2003, and that it will fully comply with and respect all its provisions, while confirming that the ratification of this Convention by the Syrian Arab Republic does not in any way constitute a recognition of Israel, and that the provisions of the Convention do not imply that the Syrian Arab Republic has to deal with that State.

11/09/1998 24/09/2003
Tajikistan 28/09/1998
Thailand 19/02/2002 (a)
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 12/08/2010 (a)
Togo 09/09/1999 23/06/2004
Tonga 31/03/2010 (a)
Trinidad and Tobago 16/12/2009 (a)
Tunisia 11/09/1998
Turkey 11/09/1998
Uganda 18/08/2008 (a)
Ukraine 06/12/2002 (a)
United Arab Emirates 10/09/2002 (a)
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 11/09/1998 17/06/2004
Tanzania, United Republic of 11/09/1998 26/08/2002
United States of America 11/09/1998
Uruguay 11/09/1998 04/03/2003
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 19/04/2005 (a)
Viet Nam 07/05/2007 (a)
Yemen 04/02/2006 (a)
Zambia 28/01/2011 (a)
Zimbabwe 01/03/2012 (a)


Declarations



Objections



End Notes

1. For the purpose of entry into force of the [Convention/Protocol] , any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession deposited by a regional economic integration organization shall not be counted as additional to those deposited by member States of that Organization.
2. By decision RC-1/3 of 24 September 2004, adopted at its first meeting, held in Geneva from 20 to 24 September 2004, the Conference of the Parties to the above Convention adopted, in accordance with the procedure laid down in article 8 and paragraph 5 of article 22 of the Convention, the amendments to Annex III.

In accordance with paragraph 5 (c) of article 22 of the Convention, the Conference of the Parties, in the same decision, decided that "all the amendments shall enter into force on 1 February 2005, except for the amendments made by subparagraph 1 (a) and (b) of the annex to the ... decision, which shall enter into force on 1 January 2006".
3. By decision RC-1/11 of 24 September 2004, adopted at its first meeting, held in Geneva from 20 to 24 September 2004, the Conference of the Parties to the above Convention adopted Annex VI, setting out the arbitration procedure for purposes of paragraph 2 (a) of article 20 of the Convention and the conciliation procedure for purposes of paragraph 6 of article 20 of the Convention.

In accordance with paragraph 3 (b) of article 22 of the Convention, any Party that is unable to accept an additional annex shall so notify the Depositary, in writing, within one year from the date of communication of the adoption of the additional annex by the Depositary. The Depositary shall without delay notify all Parties of any such notification received. A Party may at any time withdraw a previous notification of non-acceptance in respect of an additional annex and the annex shall thereupon enter into force for that Party subject to paragraph 3 (c) of the same article. In accordance with paragraph 3 (c), on the expiry of one year from the date of the communication by the Depositary of its adoption, Annex VI shall enter into force for all Parties that have not submitted a notification in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 3 (b).
4. By decision RC-4/5 of 31 October 2008, adopted at its fourth meeting, held in Rome, Italy, from 27 to 31 October 2008, the Conference of the Parties to the above Convention adopted, in accordance with the procedure laid down in paragraph 5 of article 22 of the Convention, an amendments to Annex III.

In accordance with paragraph 5 (c) of article 22 of the Convention, the Conference of the Parties, in the same decision, decided that "this amendment shall enter into force for all Parties on 1 February 2009".
5. By decisions RC-5/3, RC-5/4 and RC-5/5, adopted at its fifth meeting, held in Geneva from 20-24 June 2011, the Conference of the Parties to the above Convention adopted, in accordance with the procedure laid down in paragraph 5 of article 22 of the Convention, amendments to Annex III.

In accordance with paragraph 5 (c) article 22 of the Convention, the Conference of the Parties, in the same decision decided that these amendments entered into force for all Parties on 24 October 2011.
6. With the following declaration:

In accordance with the provision of article 138 of the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and article 153 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, the Government of the People’s Republic of China decides that the Convention shall apply to the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China; it shall not apply to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China until the Government of China notifies otherwise.
7. On 26 August 2008, the Government of the People's Republic of China communicated to the Secretary-General the following declaration:

In accordance with the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, the Government of the People’s Republic of China decides that the Convention shall apply to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
8. With a territorial exclusion in respect of the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
9. For the Kingdom in Europe.
10. With the following territorial exclusion: ".....consistent with the constitutional status of Tokelau and taking into account the commitment of the Government of New Zealand to the development of self-government for Tokelau through an act of self-determination under the Charter of the United Nations, this ratification shall not extend to Tokelau unless and until a Declaration to this effect is lodged by the Government of New Zealand with the Depositary on the basis of appropriate consultation with that territory."


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