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    UNIS/L/178
    30 November 2012

    Sao Tome and Principe Accedes to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards

    148th Country to Become Party to the Convention

    VIENNA, 30 November (UN Information Service) - Sao Tome and Principe has deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, commonly known as the New York Convention. With its accession, Sao Tome and Principe becomes the 148th State party to the Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Sao Tome and Principe on 18 February 2013.

    The New York Convention is widely recognized as a foundation instrument of international arbitration. It requires courts of contracting States to give effect to arbitration agreements and to recognize and enforce awards made in other States, subject to specific limited exceptions.

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    Timothy Lemay
    Principal Legal Officer
    UNCITRAL Secretariat
    Email: timothy.lemay[at]uncitral.org