- The present Convention is subject to ratification, acceptance, approval or accession by states and by regional economic integration organisations. The instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
- Any regional economic integration organisation which becomes a Party to this Convention without any of its member states being a party shall be bound by all the obligations under the Convention. In the case of such organisations, one or more of whose member states is a party to this Convention, the organisation and its member states shall decide on their respective responsibilities for the performance of their obligations under the Convention. In such cases, the organisation and the member states shall not be entitled to exercise rights under the Convention concurrently.
- In their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, the regional economic integration organisations shall declare the extent of their competence with respect to the matters governed by the Convention. These organisations shall also inform the Secretary-General of the United Nations of any substantial modification in the extent of their competence.
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