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26 September 2014

Bhutan and Guyana accede to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards

VIENNA, 26 September (UN Information Service) - Bhutan and Guyana have deposited instruments of accession to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, commonly known as the New York Convention. An accession ceremony took place during the annual Treaty Event held at United Nations Headquarters in New York. With their accessions, Bhutan and Guyana become the 151st and 152nd State parties to the Convention. The Convention will enter into force for both countries on 24 December 2014.

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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