Article 26 – Ratification, Acceptance or Approval

This Treaty shall be subject to ratification, acceptance or approval by the Members and non-Members of FAO referred to in Article 25. Instruments of ratification, acceptance, or approval shall be deposited with the Depositary.

International law dictates that a State will be bound by the terms of a treaty only when it takes affirmative steps to demonstrate its consent to be bound. Theoretically, there is no limit on the ways a State may express this consent. As such, the terms used within Article 26: “ratification”, “acceptance” and “approval” signify different types of declarations expressing a State's formal willingness to be bound by the Treaty.

The most common method of demonstrating consent is by ratification. Ratification processes are an internal constitutional matter for each country and they may frequently differ from one country to another.

In order to be effective, Article 26 requires the instruments of ratification, acceptance, or approval to be deposited with the Depositary.

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