Saturday, September 18, 2010
United Nations officials are urging Member States to take advantage of next week’s annual high-level segment of the General Assembly to sign, ratify or accede to dozens of international treaties ranging from protecting human rights to fighting terrorism to preserving biodiversity. Last year 64 countries took 103 treaty actions - the highest participation in four years – and in hopes of even greater success this year’s event has been entitled ‘Towards universal participation and implementation.’
This year’s event highlights 43 treaties deposited with the UN that address human rights, disarmament, protection of the environment, biodiversity, desertification and climate change, terrorism and crime, and the safety of UN and associated personnel. In addition to these, Member States can also take action with regard to some 500 other treaties.
(from a UN press release)