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As Mongolia became the 42nd country to ratify the Convention on 4 September 1996, the goal of 50 ratifications in order for the Convention to enter into force has come closer. The speed with which instruments are turned in is picking up and additional instruments of ratification are expected during this session. It seems plausible that the 50th ratification may be submitted as early as October 1996. According to Article 36, paragraph 1 of the CCD, the Convention shall enter into force on the 90th day after the deposit of the 50th instrument of ratification, so the CCD may enter into force as early as February 1997.

The following is a list of ratifications by region.

Africa: Nineteen ratifications (Cape Verde, Egypt, Senegal, Lesotho, Togo, Tunisia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Sudan, Niger, Mauritius, Burkina Faso, Algeria, The Gambia, Malawi, Mauritania, Eritrea, Benin, Libya)

Asia: Eight ratifications (Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Micronesia, Israel, Lebanon, Oman, Mongolia)

Europe: Nine ratifications (The Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Norway)

North America: One ratification (Canada)

Latin America and the Caribbean: Five ratifications (Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Bolivia)