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International/Regional Agreements, Conventions and Treaties - Nauru

Updated 12 July 2004. We will keep this page updated for more treaties and agreements with the Republic of Nauru.

Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961
Nauru Acceded to the Vienna Convention in May 1978

Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963
(NB. The Department of Foreign Affairs lists this Convention as acceded to in 1968, though no record of Nauru’s accession or signature shows on the UN Treaty Database)

Constitution of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity
Nauru became a signatory on 1 April 1976 and ratified on 22 November 1976

Forum Fisheries Agency-Nauru Agreement
Nauru is a party and co-founder of the Agreement, which was signed in October 1982 in Nauru.

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
Nauru became a Signatory to the Convention, having signed the Convention. On 10 December 1982 and ratified it on 23 January 1996. On the same date, Nauru Consented to be Bound to the Agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Tokyo Convention on Offenses and Other Acts Committed on Aircraft 1963
Nauru Acceded to this ICAO convention on 17 May 1984

Hague Convention for the Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft 1970
Nauru Acceded to this ICAO convention on 17 May 1984

Montreal Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation 1971
Nauru Acceded to this ICAO convention on 17 May 1984

Treaty of Rarotonga (1985)
Nauru was a founding Party to the Treaty of Rarotonga in 1985 which established the ‘Pacific Nuclear-Free Zone’.

Convention on the Protection of Natural Resources and Environment of the South Pacific Region and Related Protocols
Nauru signed the convention on 15 April 1987 and ratified same on 28 August 1995. Nauru further signed and ratified the following protocols on 15 April 1987 and 28 August 1995 respectively.

(a) Protocol on Dumping; and
(b) Protocol on Pollution Emergencies.

Convention for the Prohibition of Fishing with Long Driftnets in the South Pacific (Wellington Convention)
Nauru became a Signatory to the Convention having signed the Convention on 13 February 1990 in Wellington, New Zealand. Nauru ratified the Convention on 30 September 1992.

Asian-Pacific Postal Union General Regulations Convention
Nauru signed the Convention on 10 December 1990, and further ratified same in May 1992.

Agreement Establishing the South Pacific Forum Secretariat
Nauru signed the Agreement Establishing the South Pacific Forum Secretariat in Pohnpei on 29 July 1991 and ratified same on 21 October 1992.

UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Nauru became a Signatory to the Convention on 8 June 1992, and ratified the same on 11 November 1993.

Treaty on Cooperation in Fisheries Surveillance and Law Enforcement in the South Pacific Region (Niue Treaty).
Nauru became a Signatory to this regional Treaty on 9 July 1992 and ratified the same on 14 October 1992.

United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
Nauru signed the Convention on 5 July 1992 in Nissan, the Bahamas, and became a full party by ratifying it on 11 November 1993.

South Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP Convention)
Nauru became a Signatory to the Convention on 16 June 1993 and ratified it on 16 March 1994.

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Nauru became a full party to the Convention having acceded to the Convention on 27 June 1993. The following Optional Protocols were further signed on September 8, 2000 in New York.

(a) Rights of the Child in Armed Conflict
(b) Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

WHO Constitution, and Basis Agreement with Nauru
Nauru Accepted the constitution of the World Health Organization on 9 May 1994. A Basis Agreement was signed on 31 July 1995 involving WHO Technical Advisory Cooperation.

Convention on the Prohibition for the Stockpiling, Transportation and Use of Chemical Weapons.
Nauru signed the Convention in Paris on 13 January 1995, and ratified it on November 12, 2001.

Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
Nauru is a party to the NPT and fully supported and participated in the indefinite extension of the Treaty with other States Party in April/May 1995 in New York.

Convention on Hazardous & Toxic Wastes (Waigani Convention)
Nauru signed the Convention on 16 September 1995 in Waigani, during the South Pacific Forum. However Nauru has yet to ratify the Convention. Came into Force in October, 2001.

UNESCO
Nauru was admitted to UNESCO on November 9, 1995, by the 28th General Assembly. The instrument of acceptance became effective on 17th October 1996.

Agreement on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Species
Nauru acceded to the Agreement on January 10, 1997 thereby agreeing to be bound by the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling and Highly- Migratory fish-stocks.

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification & Drought
Nauru became a State Party by depositing its instrument of Accession to the Convention on 22nd September 1998.

South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC)
Nauru became a member of SOPAC on 26 September 1998.

United Nations Charter
Nauru became a member of United Nations on May 1st 1999 by accepting the terms and obligations of Article 4 of the UN Charter.

International Court of Justice
Nauru automatically became a party to the ICJ Statute by accepting the terms of membership of the United Nations.

Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines
Nauru deposited its Instrument of Accession on 15 June 2000 at New York.

Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)
Nauru became a signatory to the Treaty on Sept. 8, 2000, and ratified it on November 12, 2001.

Rome Statute (International Criminal Court)
Nauru became a signatory to the Statute on 13 December 2000, and ratified it on November 12, 2001.

Kyoto Protocol
Nauru acceded to and thus became a full State Party to the Protocol on August 16, 2001.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
Nauru Signed the Convention on November 12, 2001, but has yet to ratify.

The UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crimes
Nauru signed the convention and its 3 Protocols on November 12, 2001 (yet to ratify)

Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism
Nauru signed the convention on November 12, 2001 (yet to ratify)

Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Nauru signed the convention on November 12, 2001 (yet to ratify)

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Nauru signed the convention and its Optional Protocol on November 12, 2001 (yet to ratify)

Convention on Prohibitions on Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which May Be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects and its Protocols
Nauru acceded to and thus became a full State Party to the Convention on November 12, 2001.

Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer
Nauru acceded to and thus became a full State Party to the Vienna Convention on November 12, 2001.

Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
Nauru acceded to the Montreal Protocol on November 12, 2001.

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste and Their Disposal
Nauru acceded to and thus became a full State Party to the Basel Convention on November 12, 2001.

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Nauru acceded to the Cartegena Protocol on November 12, 2001.

Convention on the Safety of UN and Associated Personnel
Nauru acceded to and thus became a full State Party to the Convention on November 12, 2001.

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