76 UNGA: Statement by the Cuban delegation under Item 89 “Strengthening and promoting international treaties.” New York, 15 October 2021

Mr. Chairman,

Treaties are the primary sources of international law and the cornerstone of rules-based international relations. They are also a more direct and formal method of international law creation. The United Nations system has played a critical role in ensuring the transparency of the treaties concluded by its Member States.

International treaties are an important tool in international relations and the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as in strengthening the rule of law at the international level. The United Nations bodies, and particularly, the Sixth Committee, play a pivotal role in strengthening and promoting the international treaty framework.

Mr. Chairman,

We take note of the Secretary-General´s Report A/75/136 on the Review of the Rules of Procedure for the Implementation of Article 102.

Cuba endorses the work undertaken by the Treaty Section and the support they provide to Member States, particularly through capacity building, publications and technical assistance. In this regard, we underline the significance of the seminars taught by the Treaty Section and urge them to continue delivering them.

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba believes that the use of electronic resources can contribute to overcoming the current shortcomings in the treaty publication system. Treaty publication practices could be modernized, while balancing the requests to shorten the delays in the publication of the treaty compilation with the need to respect multilingualism as a fundamental value of the Organization.

In this connection, it seems relevant to us to continue working on updating the current rules of procedure regarding the registration of treaties in order to incorporate into it the technological advancements and the newest practices in this respect.

Promoting multilingualism implies the active participation and commitment of all stakeholders, and we therefore consider it indispensable to achieve parity among the six official languages.

An appropriate approach to this issue could also be used to promote improvements in the system of registration and publication of treaties, with a view to adopting possible options to ensure that the publication of treaties is more functional in terms of cost-effectiveness and time-efficiency.

The registration and publication of treaties in any of the six official languages, with the translation of treaties into any of those official languages, would contribute to the Organization's efforts to promote multilingualism, while saving resources for the United Nations and for Member States.


Thank you