TREATIES CONCERNING THE LEGAL STATUS OF THE
UNITEDNATIONS AND RELATED
INTERGOVE RNMEN TAL ORGA NIZATIONS*
1. Status of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities
of the UnitedNations. Approved by the General Assembly of the
UnitedNations 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, oces and meetings
(a) Agreement between the UnitedNations and the Government of the
Republic of Korea regarding the establishment of the Regional Centre for Asia
and the Pacic of the UnitedNations Commission on International Trade Law.
Incheon, 10 January 2012****
e UnitedNations and the Government of the Republic of Korea (hereinaer
referred to as the “Government”) (together jointly referred to as t he “Parties”):
Whereas the Genera l Assembly of the UnitedNations noted, in its resolution 64/111
of 16 December 2009, the request by the UnitedNations Commission on International
Trade Law (hereinaer referred to as “UNCITR AL”) for its Secretariat to explore the pos -
sibility of establish ing a presence in specic 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-Pacic 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
** UnitedNations, 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 http://treaties.un.org.
**** Entered into force on 8 February 2012 by noti cation, in accordance with the prov isions of
tation and uniform interpretation of UNCITRAL texts by establishing the UNCITRAL
Regional Centre for Asia and the Pac ic (hereinaer referred to as the “Regional C entre”);
Whereas the UnitedNations, followi ng a comprehensive consultation with its mem-
ber States, decided to accept the oer f rom the Government to establish the Regional Cen-
tre in the Republic of Korea;
Whereas the Part ies have agreed that the UnitedNations shall be responsible for the
management of funds provided to the United Nations to meet the costs of the Reg ional
Whereas the Government has ag reed to grant the UnitedNations 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-Pacic 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 oce 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 UnitedNations, acting throug h the Regional Centre, shall have the capa city to:
(b) acquire and dispose of movable and im movable property; and
(c) inst itute legal proceedings.
Article 4. Regional Centre personnel
1. e Regional Centre shall be headed by an internationally-recruited sta
(hereinaer referred to as the “Head of the Regional Centre”), and shal l be comprised of
other UnitedNations sta. e Head of the Regiona l Centre and all other UnitedNations
sta of the Regional C entre are UnitedNations ocials, irrespective of thei r nationalities.
2. Al l UnitedNations ocials 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
3. e UnitedNations shall provide the Government, f rom time to time, in writing ,
the list of UnitedNations ocials a nd their families and any change t hereto.
4. As appropriate, the UnitedNations may engage the ser vices of non-sta personnel
in accordance with UnitedNations reg ulations, rules, policies and procedure s.
5. e level and number of UnitedNations ocials 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
(hereinaer 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 UnitedNations, including the Reg ional Centre, its
property and asset s, its ocials 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 UnitedNations 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 UnitedNations, 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