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    UNIS/L/296
    19 May 2020

    Saudi Arabia ratifies the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation

    VIENNA, 19 May (UN Information Service) - With the deposit of the instrument of ratification at the UN Headquarters in New York, Saudi Arabia becomes the fourth State Party to the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the "Singapore Convention on Mediation", which will enter into force on 12 September 2020. Saudi Arabia's ratification was effected on 5 May 2020 and the Convention will enter into force for Saudi Arabia on 5 November 2020.

    The Singapore Convention on Mediation facilitates international trade and promotes mediation as an alternative and effective method of resolving commercial disputes by providing an effective mechanism for the enforcement of international settlement agreements resulting from mediation.

    The Convention is open for signature, ratification, and accession by States and regional economic integration organizations. In addition to Saudi Arabia, fifty-one States have signed the Convention since it opened for signature on 7 August 2019, making it one of the most successful multilateral treaties prepared by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Up-to-date information on the Convention and its status is available on the UNCITRAL website: uncitral.un.org.

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    Principal Legal Officer and Head, Legislative Branch 
    UNCITRAL Secretariat 
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