Article 35

35.1.6 Regional economic integration organisations

In case a regional economic integration organisation (see Section 2.1.6) intends to become a party to the Convention, Paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article 35 cover the particularities in such an event. If none of its member states is a party to the Convention, the organisation is bound by all the obligations under the Convention. In all other cases, the regional body and its member states which are party to the Convention have to decide on their respective responsibilities, since they are not entitled to exercise rights under the Convention simultaneously.

This is why any regional economic integration organisation has to declare the extent of its competences regarding the Convention in its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, and keep the Secretary-General of the UN informed about any substantial changes to such competences.

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