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STATUS OF SIGNATURE AND RATIFICATION OF THE CONVENTION

Ratifications were received from six countries during the two-week session in New York (Mongolia, Central African Republic, Gabon, Botswana, Haiti and Zambia), bringing the total number to forty-seven. The Convention will enter into force 90 days after fifty countries have ratified it. A number of delegates noted that the ratification process had begun in their country and many anticipated that it would be completed before the end of the year. The countries that had ratified or acceded to the Convention previously, in chronological order, are: Mexico, Cape Verde, the Netherlands, Egypt, Senegal, Ecuador, Lesotho, Finland, Togo, Tunisia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Peru, Sudan, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Niger, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Spain, Micronesia, Israel, Portugal, Panama, Lebanon, Algeria, the Gambia, Malawi, Germany, Libya, Oman, Bolivia, Mauritania, Eritrea, Benin and Norway.