Posted the: 1999-09-03 Numac: 1999015008 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, foreign trade and development COOPERATION may 10, 1994. -Law on consent to the: Protocol to amend the 1971 convention on Wetlands of international importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, done at Paris on December 3, 1982 (1) (2); Amendments to the convention areas wetlands of international importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, adopted in Regina on May 28, 1987 (1) (2) ALBERT II, King of the Belgians, has all, present and future, hi.
The Chambers have adopted and we endorse the following: sole Article. The Protocol to amend the 1971 Convention on Wetlands of international importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, done at Paris on December 3, 1982 and the amendments to the Convention on Wetlands of international importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat of water, adopted in Regina, may 28, 1987 will come out full and complete effect.
Promulgate this Act, order that it self under the seal of the State and published by le Moniteur.
Given in Brussels on May 10, 1994.
ALBERT by the King: the Minister for Foreign Affairs, W. CLAES the Minister of Agriculture, A. BOURGEOIS the Minister of the environment, J. Sala sealed with the seal of the State: the Minister of Justice, Mr WATHELET _ Note (1) Session 1993-1994: House of representatives: Documents. -Bill, no. 1184-1. -Report, no. 1184-2.
Parliamentary Annals. . -Discussion, session of 7 December 1993. -Voting session of 9 December 1993.
Senate: Documents. -Draft adopted in meeting in the House of representatives, no. 908-1. -Report, no. 908-2.
Parliamentary Annals. -Discussion, session of 3 February 1994. -Vote, session of 3 February 1994.
(2) see also the Decree of the Flemish Region of 14 July 1998 (Moniteur belge of 22 August 1998), the Decree of the Walloon Region of 23 March 1995 (Moniteur belge of 21 April 1995); the order of the Brussels-Capital Region on 27 April 1995 (Moniteur belge of 23 June 1995).
Protocol to amend the Conventation on Wetlands of international importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat the Contracting Parties, considering that the effectiveness of the Convention on Wetlands of imporantce international especially as Waterfowl Habitat, adopted at Ramsar on 2 February 1971 (hereinafter referred to as "the Convention") requires to increase the number of Contracting Parties;
Aware of what the addition of authentic versions would facilitate wider participation in the Convention;
Whereas, more than the text of the Convention does not provide for procedure, amendment, which makes difficult any amendment to the text that may be deemed necessary;
Have agreed as follows: Article 1 the following article shall be inserted between Article 10 and Article 11 of the Convention;
1. this Convention may be amended at a meeting of the Contracting Parties convened for that purpose in accordance with this Article.
2 ° of the proposals for amendment may be made by any Contracting Party.
3 ° the text of any proposed amendment and the reasons for this proposal are communicated to the organization or the Government as a permanent office within the meaning of the Convention (called (e) hereinafter referred to as 'the Office'), and are communicated by the Bureau without delay to all Contracting Parties. Any commentary on the text from a Contracting Party is communicated to the Office within three months of the date to which amendments reported to the Contracting Parties by the Bureau. The Office, immediately after the date deadline for comment, communicate to the Contracting Parties all comments received on that date.
4 ° a meeting of Contracting Parties to consider an amendment communicated in confortmite with paragraph 3 is convened by the Office at the written request of one third of the number of the Contracting Parties. The Office consults the Parties with respect to the date and place of the meeting.
5 ° the amendments were adopted by a majority of two-thirds of the Contracting Parties present and voting.
6 ° when it has been adopted, an amendment shall enter into force for the Contracting Parties which have accepted it, the first day of the fourth month following the date on which two thirds of the Contracting Parties have deposited an instrument of acceptance aupers of the depositary. For each Contracting Party which deposits an instrument of acceptance after the date on which two thirds of the Contracting Parties have deposited an instrument of acceptance, the amendment shall enter into force the first day of the fourth month following the date of deposit of the instrument of acceptance of this part. » Art. 2. the words "English text for reference in case of divergence of interpretation" contained in the clause following Article 12 of the Convention, shall be replaced by the words "all texts being equally authentic.
S. 3. the text corrected from the French original version of the Convention is reproduced in the annex to this Protocol.
S. 4. the present Protocol will be open for signature from December 3, 1982 at the Unesco headquarters in Paris.
S. (5 1 ° any State referred to in Article 9, paragraph 2, of the Convention may become Contracting Parties to the Protocol by: a) signature without reservation as to ratification, acceptance or approval;
(b) signature subject to ratification, acceptance or approval, followed by ratification, acceptance or approval;
2 ° the ratification, acceptance, approval or accession are made by the deposit of an instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the Director-general of the United Nations Organization for education, science and culture (hereinafter referred to as "The depositary").
3 ° any State which becomes party to the Convention after the entry into force of the present Protocol is regarded as a party to the Convention as amended by the Protocol, unless he has expressed a different intention at the time of the deposit of the instrument referred to in Article 9 of the Convention.
4 ° any State that windless contracting party to this Protocol without be a Contracting Party to the Convention, is considered to be party to the Convention as amended by this Protocol, and, from the date of entry force of this Protocol for that State.
S. 6 1 ° this Protocol comes into force the first day of the fourth month following the date on which two thirds of the States which are Contracting Parties to the Convention on the date on which this Protocol is open for signature have signed it without reservation as to ratification, acceptance or approval, or ratified, accepted, approved or acceded.
2 ° in relation to any State which becomes contracting party to this Protocol after the date of its entry into force in the manner described in paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 5 above, the Protocol comes into force on the date of its signature without reservation of ratification, acceptance or approval, or of its ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.
3 ° in relation to any State which becomes party to the present Protocol in the manner described in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 5 above during the period from the opening of the Protocol for signature at its entry into force, this Protocol shall enter into force on the date determined by paragraph (1) above.
S. 7 1 ° the original text of this Protocol in English and French, each of these versions is also authentic, shall be deposited with the depositary, who shall send certified copies thereof to all States, which have signed it or which have deposited an instrument of accession.
2 ° the custodian will inform as soon as possible all the Contracting Parties to the Convention and all States that have signed and acceded to this Protocol: a) of signatures of this Protocol;
b) the deposit of instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval of this Protocol;
c) the deposit of instruments of accession to this Protocol;
(d) filing of entry into force of this Protocol.
3 ° when this Protocol enters into force, the depositary will proceed with its registration with the Secretariat of the United Nations, in accordance with Article 102 of the Charter.
In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorized thereto, have signed this Protocol.
Done at Paris, 3 December 1982.
Amendments to the Convention adopted by the extraordinary conference Article 6 1 the current text of paragraph 1 is replaced by the following text: 'there shall be a Conference of the Contracting Parties to examine and promote the implementation of the Convention. The office referred to in paragraph 1 of article 8 shall convene regular meetings of the Conference at intervals of three years, unless the Conference decides otherwise, and extraordinary meetings where the written request is made by at least one third of the Contracting Parties. The Conference of the Contracting Parties shall determine, at each of its ordinary sessions, the date and place of its next ordinary session. ' 2. the sentence that opens the paragraph 2 is formulated as follows: "the Conference of the Contracting Parties will have jurisdiction:" 3 ° an extra paragraph appeared at the end of paragraph 2, worded as follows:
"(f) adopt other recommendations or resolutions to promote operation of this convention."
4 ° a paragraph 4 is added worded as follows: "The Conference of the Parties adopted a domestic regulation at each of its sessions."
5 ° a paragraph 5 and paragraph 6 are added, worded as follows: paragraph 5: "the Conference of the parties establishes and regularly reviews the financial regulation of the Convention. At each of its ordinary sessions, it adopts the budget for the following year by a majority of two-thirds of the Contracting Parties present and voting. ' Paragraph 6: "each Contracting Party contributes to this budget according to a scale of contributions adopted by unanimity of the Contracting Parties present and voting at a regular session of the Conference of the Contracting Parties. ' Article 7, paragraph 2 is replaced by the following: "each of the Contracting Parties represented at a Conference shall have a vote, the recommendations, resolutions and decisions being adopted by the simple majority of the Contracting Parties present and voting, unless this agreement provides otherwise. » List of States related to the consultation of the table, see image