How to become a member

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Procedures for ITTO membership

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) was established under the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1983 (ITTA, 1983), for the purpose of administering the provisions and supervising the operation of the ITTA. The ITTA, 1983, was succeeded by the ITTA, 1994, which in turn was succeeded by the ITTA, 2006. The ITTA, 2006, entered into force definitively on 7 December 2011 in accordance with Article 39 (1) of the Agreement. A certified true copy of the ITTA, 2006, can be found at www.unctad.org/en/docs/tdtimber3d12_en.pdf
 
Procedure
A government, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs or its Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, USA, may contact the Secretary-General of the United Nations in his capacity as depositary of the ITTA, 2006 (through the Treaty Section, Office of Legal Affairs, New York, USA), as follows:
 
  1. Countries that were members of ITTO under the ITTA, 1994, but did not sign the ITTA, 2006, within the time limit set in paragraph 1 of Article 36, and countries that were not members of the ITTO under the ITTA, 1994, may accede to the ITTA, 2006, by depositing an instrument of accession with the Secretary-General of the United Nations in accordance with Article 37 of the ITTA, 2006. Decision 7(XVLIII) of the International Tropical Timber Council “Establishment of Conditions for Accession to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006” provides further clarification (see link below).
  2. Countries that signed the ITTA, 2006, within the time limit set in paragraph 1 of Article 36 may deposit an Instrument of Ratification, Acceptance or Approval with the depositary.
 
On completion of formalities (i) or (ii) above, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (through the Treaty Section, Office of Legal Affairs) will issue a Depositary Notification specifying the date of the instrument that has been deposited.
 
Additional information
The current status of the ITTA, 2006, can be found here or http://treaties.un.org using the following steps:
  • select “Depository”;
  • select “Status of treaties”;
  • select Section XIX. “Commodities”;
  • select Item 46 – “International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006”

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