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IN THE CORRIDORS

The results of the first part of an informal survey of delegations on ratification proceedings are in. Out of the 36 delegates interviewed on Thursday, eight expect to ratify the Convention within the next four months. Three more think they might ratify the Convention later this year. Eleven delegates said that the necessary documentation is being prepared or has just been submitted to the relevant executive or legislative body for consideration. Three countries will submit the Convention for ratification as soon as it is translated. Nine countries have not begun the ratification process and two delegates did not know what the ratification status was in their countries.