Gaborone amendment to the text of the Convention
The Conference of the Parties to CITES held its second extraordinary meeting
in Gaborone, Botswana, on 30 April 1983 (the last day of its fourth regular
meeting), to consider a proposed amendment to Article XXI of the Convention
to permit accession by regional economic integration organizations.
The Conference adopted the proposal with several changes, and the agreed amendment consists of
the addition of five paragraphs (numbered from 2 to 6 below) to Article XXI as follows:
- The present Convention shall be open indefinitely for accession.
Instruments of accession shall be deposited with the Depositary Government.
- This Convention shall be open for accession by regional economic integration
organizations constituted by sovereign States which have competence in respect
of the negotiation, conclusion and implementation of international agreements
in matters transferred to them by their Member States and covered by this
- In their instruments of accession, such organization shall declare
the extent of their competence with respect to the matters governed by the
Convention. These organizations shall also inform the Depositary Government
of any substantial modification in the extent of their competence. Notifications
by regional economic integration organizations concerning their competence
with respect to matters governed by this Convention and modifications thereto
shall be distributed to the Parties by the Depositary Government.
- In matters within their competence, such regional economic integration
organizations shall exercise the rights and fulfil the obligations which
this Convention attributes to their Member States, which are Parties to
the Convention. In such cases the Member States of the organizations shall
not be entitled to exercise such rights individually.
- In the fields of their competence, regional economic integration organizations
shall exercise their right to vote with a number of votes equal to the number
of their Member States which are Parties to the Convention. Such organizations
shall not exercise their right to vote if their Member States exercise theirs,
and vice versa.
- Any reference to "Party" in the sense used in Article 1(h)
of this Convention, to "State"/"States" or to "State
Party"/State Parties" to the Convention shall be construed as
including a reference to any regional economic integration organization
having competence in respect of the negotiation, conclusion and application
of international agreements in matters covered by this Convention.
In accordance with Article XVII, paragraph 3,
of the Convention, the Gaborone amendment shall enter into force 60 days after
54 of the 80 States that were party to CITES on 30 April 1983 (i.e. two-thirds
of them) have deposited their instruments of acceptance. However, at that
time it will enter into force only for those States that have accepted the
amendment (no matter on what date they became party to the Convention.) The
amended text of the Convention will apply automatically to any State that
becomes a Party after the date of entry into force of the amendment. However,
for States that became party to the Convention before that date and have not
accepted the amendment, it will enter into force 60 days after they do accept
Currently, 94 Parties have accepted the Gaborone amendment, including 53 that were party to CITES on 30 April 1983.