World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


2005 Treaty Event at UN

Terrorism, Organized Crime and Human Rights Among the Focus of 2005 Treaty Event at UN

New York, May 23 2005 5:00PM

Treaties on terrorism, organized crime, human rights, penal matters, the environment, law of the sea, and the law of treaties itself will be highlighted this year at the annual United Nations event that encourages Member States to sign and ratify multilateral treaties, a UN legal official said today.

The theme for the event is "Focus 2005: Responding to Global Challenges," according to Palitha Kohona, Chief of the Treaty Section in the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), who introduced a booklet on the subject at a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. The booklet contains information on the 32 treaties that will be highlighted during the event, which will take place from 14 to 16 September to coincide with the high-level summit prior to the General Assembly's sixtieth session.

"The central challenge for the twenty-first century is to fashion a new and broader understanding of what collective security means," he said. As States became more interdependent, he continued, there is a heightened need to strengthen the international rule of law, as Secretary-General Kofi Annan has been emphasizing. Treaties highlighted will also reinforce the other concerns of the Assembly session, most notably the review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to reduce or eliminate a host of socio-economic ills by 2015.

Among the international agreements to be featured is the Rome Statute, which established the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mr. Kohona said. Although none of the treaties has universal participation, it is anticipated that the Rome Statute, which currently has 99 parties, will achieve its one hundredth signatory during this year's event.

The event will also seek to increase participation in the 1997 International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, as well as the 1999 International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.

The annual treaty event was initiated by Mr. Annan during the Millennium Summit of 2000. As custodian of the Multilateral Treaty Framework, the Secretary-General is responsible for more than 500 such accords, covering almost every aspect of international interaction. More than 930 signings, ratification steps and other treaty actions have taken place during previous events. Prospects were good, according to Mr. Kohona, for an active event this year.

It was important, he stressed, to remember that treaties right now are the main source of international governance. "Much of what we take for granted in our day-to-day lives is enshrined in treaties, whether you make an international telephone call or take a flight to a different country or send a parcel by FedEx," he said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>

ALSO:

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news