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20 December 2018

United Nations General Assembly elects new UNCITRAL Members

VIENNA, 20 December (UN Information Service) - On December 17, the General Assembly elected 30 members to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Viet Nam were elected by secret ballot to be members of the UNCITRAL for a six-year term beginning on 8 July 2019.

Additionally, since the number of candidates nominated by the African States, the Eastern European States and the Latin American and Caribbean States corresponded to the seats to be filled by each group, the General Assembly declared that Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Honduras, Hungary, Mali, Mexico, Peru, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Ukraine and Zimbabwe were elected members of UNCITRAL for a six-year term also beginning on 8 July 2019.

The term of the following 30 States members of the Commission continues until 2022: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Burundi, Chile, Colombia, Czechia, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United States, and Venezuela.


The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. Its mandate is to remove legal obstacles to international trade by progressively modernizing and harmonizing trade law. It prepares legal texts in a number of key areas such as international commercial dispute settlement, electronic commerce, insolvency, international payments, sale of goods, transport law, procurement and infrastructure development. UNCITRAL also provides technical assistance to law reform activities, including assisting Member States to review and assess their law reform needs and to draft the legislation required to implement UNCITRAL texts. The UNCITRAL Secretariat is located in Vienna, Austria. For more information, visit:

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