RATIFICATION, ACCEPTANCE, APPROVAL OR ACCESSION
1. The Convention shall be subject to ratification, acceptance, approval or accession by States and by regional
economic integration organizations. It shall be open for accession from the day after the date on which the
Convention is closed for signature. Instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall be
deposited with the Depositary.
2. Any regional economic integration organization which becomes a Party to the 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
organizations, one or more of whose member States is a Party to the Convention, the organization and its member
States shall decide on their respective responsibilities for the performance of their obligations under the
Convention. In such cases, the organization and the member States shall not be entitled to exercise rights under
the Convention concurrently.
3. In their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, regional economic integration
organizations shall declare the extent of their competence with respect to the matters governed by the
Convention. These organizations shall also inform the Depositary, who shall in turn inform the Parties, of any
substantial modification in the extent of their competence.