The convention was opened for signature on 10 December 1982 and came into force on 16 November 1994, with the removal of the 60th instrument of ratification.  The convention has been ratified by 168 parties, comprising 167 states (164 UN member states plus the UN Observer State, Palestine, the Cook Islands, Niue and the European Union).  (ii) an interpretive agreement consisting of agreements on the interpretation and application of the convention; In 2017, the Un General Assembly (UNGA) voted to convene an Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) to study the creation of a legally binding international instrument (ILBI) for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity outside the national jurisdiction (BBNJ). The Intergovernmental Conference will meet for a series of four sessions between 2018 and 2020 to move towards an agreement.  At the end of the meeting, a revised text (SG/LOS/CRP.1/Rev.1) of 3 June 1994 was presented to delegations. This document has elicited a number of editorial observations that are reflected in the text of the resolution and the draft agreement on the application of Part XI of the Un Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982, which is contained in Appendix I of this report. A solution to the question of representation within the Council is found in the informal annex II agreement. The aim of the consultations was to obtain wider participation of the major industrialized countries in the convention in order to achieve the goal of universality. The consultations resulted in an outcome that served as the basis for a general agreement on the issues that were the subject of the consultations. The second round of informal consultations with the Secretary-General in 1994 took place from 4 to 8 April. The session was accompanied by a further update of the “boat” document, entitled “Project resolution and agreement on the application of Part XI of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea” of 14 February 1994. 2/ Informal consultations were held on the following dates: 19 July 1990; October 30, 1990; March 25, 1991; July 23, 1991; October 14-15, 1991; December 10-11, 1991; June 16-17, 1992; August 6-7, 1992; January 28-29, 1993; April 27-28, 1993; August 2-6, 1993; 8-12 November 1993; January 31-4.
February 1994; April 4-8, 1994; And from 31 May to 3 June 1960, the United Nations held the second United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS II); However, the Geneva conference, which has been held for six weeks, has not created any new agreements.  In general, developing and third world countries participated only as customers, allies or dependent on the United States or the Soviet Union, without having a meaningful voice.  A letter signed by all living former legal advisors in the United States.