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19 July 2019

Papua New Guinea accedes to the UN Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York Convention)

VIENNA, 19 July (UN Information Service) - Papua New Guinea has deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York, 10 June 1958), commonly known as the New York Convention.

With its accession, Papua New Guinea becomes the 160th State party to the Convention at a time that marks the 60th anniversary of the Convention coming into effect on 7 June 1959.

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. The New York Convention contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular by promoting the rule of law at the national and international levels and by ensuring effective access to justice.

With a view to promote the dissemination of information on the Convention as well as its harmonized application, a Guide as well as an online platform containing the most comprehensive and freely accessible database of case law and bibliography on the Convention has been developed and can be accessed at Further information on UNCITRAL texts is available on the UNCITRAL website at


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José Angelo  Estrella Faria
Principal Legal Officer and Head, Legislative Branch
UNCITRAL Secretariat
Email: joseangelo.estrella-faria[at]