UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements

Context 1. The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements (UNISA) resulting from mediation by India. Benefits of signing the convention 1. It is expected to boost the confidence of the investors and shall provide a positive signal to foreign investors about Read More …

United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Context:  The latest report released by United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says that India is one of the major hubs of illicit drug trade ranging from age-old cannabis to newer prescription drugs like tramadol, and designer drugs like methamphetamine. Key findings of the report: While the global trend Read More …

Antarctic Treaty

The treaty was opened for signature on December 1, 1959, and officially entered into force on June 23, 1961. The original signatories were 12 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. India is also a party Read More …

International Whaling Commission (IWC)

IWC is an Inter-governmental Organisation whose purpose is the conservation of whales and the management of whaling. The legal framework of the IWC is the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling which was established in 1946. The commission is the pre-eminent global body responsible for the conservation and management of whales Read More …

International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC)

International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), is multi-modal transportation established in 12 Sep 2000 in St. Petersburg, by Iran, Russia and India for the purpose of promoting transportation cooperation among the Member States. This corridor connects India Ocean and the Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea via the Islamic Republic of Iran Read More …

TIR Convention

The Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets, 1975 (TIR Convention), is an international transit system under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). TIR Convention facilitates the seamless movement of goods within and amongst the Parties to the Convention. At present, there are Read More …

UN members adopt Global Compact on Refugees

U.N. members adopt Global Compact on Refugees An overwhelming majority of the U.N. member states voted in favour of the Global Compact on Refugees, affirming international solidarity and cooperation for refugee protection and host community development. “After two years of extensive consultations led by the UNHCR (the United Nations High Read More …

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

About: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. Made up of 53 Member States and 9 Associate Members, with a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Read More …

Global Partnership for Education

The Global Partnership for Education is the only global fund solely dedicated to education in developing countries. Established in 2002, GPE is a multi-stakeholder partnership and funding platform that aims to strengthen education systems in developing countries in order to dramatically increase the number of children who are in school Read More …

WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT)

It came in force on May 20, 2002, and has 96 contracting parties as its members. WPPT deals with rights of two kinds of beneficiaries, particularly in the digital environment –  (i) Performers (actors, singers, musicians etc.)  (ii) Producers of Phonograms (Sound recordings). The treaty empowers right owners in their Read More …