The Philippines retained its membership at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). “The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) re-elected the Philippines to the UN Commission on International Trade Law on November 09,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
UNGA held elections to elect 23 members to the UNCITRAL to serve from June 2016 to June 2022. Other nations elected are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Colombia, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Spain, USA, and Venezuela.
The members of the Commission are elected for terms of six years, with the terms of half the members expiring every three years. The UNCITRAL consists of 60 members, structured to represent the world’s various geographic regions, different legal traditions and levels of economic development.
UNCITRAL was created to promote the progressive harmonization and unification of international trade law. It carries out its work at annual sessions held alternately in New York City and Vienna.
The Commission promotes wider participation in international conventions and wider acceptance of model and uniform laws. It provides technical assistance in law reform projects and works in close collaboration with the UN Conference in Trade and Development.
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