Conventions

Multilateral Instruments signed/ratified/accepted/adhered to by the Royal Government of Bhutan

Charter of the United Nations
Date of Adoption – September 21, 1971

HUMAN RIGHTS

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
Signature – March 26, 1973

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
Signature – July 17, 1980
Accession – August 31, 1981

Convention on the Rights of the Child
Signature – June 4, 1990
Ratification – August 1, 1990

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of children in armed conflict
Signature – September 15, 2005

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
Signature – September 15, 2005

ENVIRONMENT, AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

International Plant Protection Convention
Adherence – June 20, 1994

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Signature – June 11, 1992 Ratification – August 25 1995

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Accession – August 26, 2002

Convention on Biological Diversity
Signature – June 11, 1992
Ratification – August 25, 1995

Basel Convention on the Control of Trans-boundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal
Accession – August 26, 2002

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Accession – August 15, 2002

FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Signature – June 10, 2002
Ratification – September 2, 2003

Vienna Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer
Accession – August 23, 2004

Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
Accession – August 23, 2004

Convention of the World Meteorological Organization
Accession – February 11, 2003

Agreement on the Establishment of the International Vaccine Institute
Signature – October 28, 1996

WORLD HERITAGE

Constitution of UNESCO
Acceptance – April 13, 1982

UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of ownership of Cultural Property
Ratification – September 26, 2002

Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Ratification – October 12, 2005

HUMANITARIAN, DISARMAMENT AND ARMS CONTROL

UN Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction
Ratification – June 8, 1978

UN Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Accession – May 23, 1985

Agreement between the Kingdom of Bhutan and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the application of Safeguards in connection with the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Signature – October 24, 1989

Four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 for the Protection of War Victim
Accession – January 10, 1991
1. Geneva Convention for the amelioration of the Condition of the wonded and sick in armed forces in the field of 12 August 1949
2. Geneva Convention for the amelioration of wounded, sick and shipwrecked members of armed forces at sea of 12 August 1949
3. Geneva Convention relating to the Treatment of Prisoners of War of 12 August 1949
4. Geneva Convention relating to the Protection of Civilian Persons in time of War of 12 August 1949

UN Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction or the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)
Signature – April 23, 1997
Ratification – August 18, 2005

Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production, and Transfer of Anti-Personal Mines and on their Destruction
Accession – August 18, 2005

CIVIL AVIATION AND TERRORISM

International Convention Against the taking of Hostages
Accession – August 31, 1981

Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft
Accession – December 28, 1988

Convention on Offenses and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft
Accession – January 25, 1989

Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Civil Aviation
Accession – December 28, 1988

Convention on International Civil Aviation
Adherence – May 17, 1989

Protocol on the Authentic Trilingual Text of the Convention on International Civil Aviation
Acceptance – May 17, 1989

Protocol Relating to an Amendment to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, Article 83 bis
Ratification – August 26, 2005

International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism
Signature – November 14, 2001
Ratification – March 22, 2004

WHO

Constitution of the WHO
Acceptance – March 8, 1982

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
Signature – December 9, 2003
Ratification – August 23, 2004

CRIME AND DRUGS

UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance
Accession – August 27, 1990

Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 (as amended by the Protocol amending the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961)
Accession – August 24, 2005

Convention on Psychotropic Substances 1971
Accession – August 18, 2005

UN Convention Against Corruption
Signature – September 15, 2005

DIPLOMATIC PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITY

Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961
Accession – December 7, 1972

Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963
Accession – July 28, 1981

Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crime against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents
Accession – January 16, 1989

POSTAL AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Constitution of the Universal Postal Union
Acceptance – March 7, 1969

Second Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union
Ratification – August 10, 1979

General Regulations of the Universal Postal Union
Ratification – January 21, 1980

TRADE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Constitution of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Signature – September 15, 1983
Ratification – October 25 1983
Notification under Article 25 – August 23 1985

Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Ratification – March 16 1994

Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, as revised at Lisbon on October 31, 1958 (Lisbon Act), and at Stockholm on July 14, 1967 (Stockholm Act)
Accession – May 4, 2000

Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Accession – May 4, 2000

Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Accession – August 25, 2004

FINANCIAL

Agreement establishing the Asian Development Bank
Accession – April 15, 1982

International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System 1983, as amended by the Protocol of Amendment of 1986
Accession – October 27, 2006

MARITIME

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Signature – December 10, 1982

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Statute of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Signature – May 31, 1984
Ratification – May 7 1985

SOUTH ASIAN ASSOCIATION FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION (SAARC)

SAARC Regional Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism
Signature – November 4, 1987
Ratification – January 11, 1988

SAARC Regional Convention on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances
Ratification – February 4, 1991

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