On 16 November 1993, the Convention received its 60th instrument of ratification or accession, which means that it will enter into force on 16 November 1994, in accordance with its provisions (Article 308). The Assembly itself called on all States to participate in the consultations and to redouble their efforts to achieve universal participation in the Convention as soon as possible. 3/ The impending entry into force of the Convention has provided a sense of urgency for informal consultations. In six informal consultations in 1990 and 1991, all outstanding issues relating to the provisions of the United Nations Convention on Deep Sea Mines were addressed. It is fair to say that there has been some degree of general convergence on these issues. The last meeting of the Secretary-General`s consultations was held from 31 May to 3 June 1994. The main objective of this last round of consultations was the harmonization of the text in the various linguistic versions of the draft resolution and the draft agreement on the application of Part XI of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The meeting was followed by the draft resolution and agreement of 15 April 1994, which was revised on the basis of discussions during the previous round of consultations and a correction of the document of 23 May 1994. Two documents developed by the Secretariat (SG/LOS/CRP.1 and SG/LOS/CRP.2), which contain proposed amendments developed by the Secretariat, were also presented at the meeting to facilitate the process of harmonizing language versions of the text. On the basis of these revisions, the draft resolution and draft agreement on the application of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea were revised in their entirety and a revised text was published on 8 April 1994, the last day of the session. [Future information on the status of this agreement (for example.
B ratifications) are available from the Treaty Division, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY 10017 (tel.:( 212) 963-5047; Fax (212) 963-4879)]. [General Assembly Resolution 48/263 on the Convention on the Application of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 will be published at 33 I.L.M. 1309 (1994). The Un Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 is 21 I.L.M 1261 (1982). The custodians were informed on 5 October 1984 of the corrections made to the English text of the convention. August 23, 1985, 7. The Final Act of 21 October 1982, which contains Resolution I on the establishment of the Preparatory Commission of the International Seabed Authority and the International Court of Maritime Justice, and Resolution II on preparatory investments in pioneering activities in the field of polymetallic nodules are contained in point 21 I.L.M 1245 (1982). Subsequently, delegations, while examining the substantive issues contained in the briefing note of 4 June 1993, also referred to the corresponding parts of the “start-up document”.
This document has been divided into three parts: (i) a draft resolution for adoption by the General Assembly; (ii) a draft agreement on the application of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; and (iii) two annexes.