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Status of ratification

As of 5 February 2016, there were 47 Parties to the Convention, 33 Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) and 29 Parties to the amendment on public participation in decisions on the deliberate release into the environment and placing on the market of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Convention entered into force on 30 October 2001. The Protocol entered into force on 8 October 2009. [delete-, the 90th day after deposit of the sixteenth State's ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the instrument.]

"Three-fourths of these Parties" refers to those States which were Parties to the Convention at the time of adoption of the GMO amendment – 27 May 2005. Twenty-seven (27) ratifications by these Parties are needed to trigger the amendment's entry into force. This means a further 4 ratifications are required from the following Parties were party to the Convention at the time the amendment was adopted but are yet to ratify the amendment: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, France, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine.