Chapter II. Treaties concerning the legal status of the United Nations anelated intergovernmental organizations

Chapter II
A. T    
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1. Status of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities
of the UnitedNations. Approved by the General Assembly of the
UnitedNations on 13 February 1946**
San Marino and Sw itzerland acceded to the Convention on 22 February 2012 and on
25 September 2012, respectively. As at 31 December 2012, there were 159 States parties to
the Convention .***
2. Agreements relating to missions, oces and meetings
(a) Agreement between the UnitedNations and the Government of the
Republic of Korea regarding the establishment of the Regional Centre for Asia
and the Pacic of the UnitedNations Commission on International Trade Law.
Incheon, 10 January 2012****
e UnitedNations and the Government of the Republic of Korea (hereinaer
referred to as the “Government”) (together jointly referred to as t he “Parties”):
Whereas the Genera l Assembly of the UnitedNations noted, in its resolution 64/111
of 16 December 2009, the request by the UnitedNations Commission on International
Trade Law (hereinaer referred to as “UNCITR AL”) for its Secretariat to explore the pos -
sibility of establish ing a presence in specic regions or countries wit h a view to facilitating
the provision of technical a ssistance with respect to the use and adopt ion of UNCITRA L
Whereas the Part ies have agreed to cooperate in facilitat ing the provision of technical
assistance in t he Asia-Pacic region with a view to promoting the awareness, implemen-
*In light of the la rge number of treaties c oncluded, only a selec tion of the relevant t reaties is
reproduced herein.
** UnitedNations, Treaty Series, vol. 1, p. 15, and vol. 90, p. 327 (corrigendum to vol. 1).
*** For the list of t he States parties, se e Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General,
available on the web site
**** Entered into force on 8 February 2012 by noti cation, in accordance with the prov isions of
article 20.
     
tation and uniform interpretation of UNCITRAL texts by establishing the UNCITRAL
Regional Centre for Asia and the Pac ic (hereinaer referred to as the “Regional C entre”);
Whereas the UnitedNations, followi ng a comprehensive consultation with its mem-
ber States, decided to accept the oer f rom the Government to establish the Regional Cen-
tre in the Republic of Korea;
Whereas the Part ies have agreed that the UnitedNations shall be responsible for the
management of funds provided to the United Nations to meet the costs of the Reg ional
Centre; and
Whereas the Government has ag reed to grant the UnitedNations the necessar y privi-
leges and immunities a s well as facilities for the Regional Centre to per form its functions;
Have agreed as follows:
Article 1. Establishment and l ocation
e Regional Centre shal l be established and located in the Republic of Korea.
Article 2. Objective and functions
1. e objective of the Regional C entre is to enhance international trade and devel-
opment in the Asia-Pacic region by promoting certai nty in international commercial
transactions through the dissemination of international t rade norms and standa rds, in
partic ular relevant UNCIT RAL texts.
2. e Regional Centre sha ll carry out the following f unctions:
(a) provide technical assi stance to States in the region with resp ect to the implemen-
tation and uniform inter pretation of UNCITRAL texts;
(b) consult closely with i nternational and regional organiz ations active in the region
with respect to law reform projects a imed at capacity building of States in the reg ion;
(c) col lect and update information on case law and enact ments of UNCITRAL texts
in the region;
(d) disseminate information about recent developments in the eld of internationa l
trade law, including those of UNCITR AL;
(e) serve as a liaison oce of UNCITRAL in the region by building professional
networks and underta king outreach activities; a nd
(f) undertake ot her activities mutually agreed upon by t he Parties.
Article 3. Legal capac ity
e UnitedNations, acting throug h the Regional Centre, shall have the capa city to:
(a) contract;
(b) acquire and dispose of movable and im movable property; and
(c) inst itute legal proceedings.
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Article 4. Regional Centre personnel
1. e Regional Centre shall be headed by an internationally-recruited sta
(hereinaer referred to as the “Head of the Regional Centre”), and shal l be comprised of
other UnitedNations sta. e Head of the Regiona l Centre and all other UnitedNations
sta of the Regional C entre are UnitedNations ocials, irrespective of thei r nationalities.
2. Al l UnitedNations ocials shall be recruited and appoi nted under the Sta Rules
and Regulations of the United Nations, with the exception of persons who are recruited
locally and assigned hourly rates, as noted in Genera l Assembly Resolution 76(I) of
7December 1946.
3. e UnitedNations shall provide the Government, f rom time to time, in writing ,
the list of UnitedNations ocials a nd their families and any change t hereto.
4. As appropriate, the UnitedNations may engage the ser vices of non-sta personnel
in accordance with UnitedNations reg ulations, rules, policies and procedure s.
5. e level and number of UnitedNations ocials sha ll be agreed upon separately
by the Parties, subjec t to the needs of the Regional Centre and the avai lability of nancial
Article 5. Financing
e Government and its relevant authorities sha ll, subject to relevant and appropriate
laws and regulations and t he annual budget appropriation in the Republic of Korea,
contribute substantially to nancing the Regiona l Centre and its activities, as shall be
separately agreed bet ween the Parties.
Article 6. Applicability of th e Convention to the Regional Centre
e Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations of 1946
(hereinaer referred to as the “Convention”), to which the Government has been a party
since 9 April 1992, without prejudice to the reservation made by the Government upon
its accession thereto, shall apply to t he UnitedNations, including the Reg ional Centre, its
property and asset s, its ocials and experts on mission in t he Republic of Korea.
Article 7. Premises and security
1. e premises for the Regional Centre shall be deemed to constitute premises of
the UnitedNations as referred to in section 3 of t he Convention.
2. e premises of the Regiona l Centre shall be used solely to fur ther its functions.
e Head of the Regional Centre may perm it, in a manner compatible with the funct ions
of the Regional Centre, the use of the premises and facilit ies for meetings, seminars,
exhibitions and related purposes which are organized by the UnitedNations, including
the Regiona l Centre, and other related organizations.
3. In case of re or ot her emergency requiring prompt protective action, the consent
of the Head of the Regional Centre or hi s/her representative to any necessary entr y into the
premises shall be presume d if neither of them can be reached in time.
4. e appropriate authorities of the Government shall exercise due diligence to
ensure the securit y, protection and tranquility of the premise s of the Regional Centre. ey

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