Article 38. Reservations

No reservations may be made to this Protocol.

741. A reservation is a formal declaration by a State, at the time it initiates action needed to become a Party to an international treaty, whereby it announces that it does not consider itself bound by one or more of that treaty's provisions. Reservations must be clearly enunciated and cannot be made at a later date. They may, however, be withdrawn.

742. The text of any international treaty may restrict the right to make reservations, and the Protocol has done this by excluding reservations altogether – as is the case for the CBD (see Article 37 CBD). States that become Parties to the Protocol must therefore accept all its provisions as binding.

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