Two oft-confused databases, Status of Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General (also known as the “Status of Treaties” or the “MTDSG” database) and United Nations Treaty Series (the “UNTS”), are now located under different tabs. Search functions for each database have also been streamlined, clarified and enhanced.
The link to the Status of Treaties database can be located on the left hand side of the homepage, or by clicking the “Depositary” tab on the top menu bar. The Status of Treaties database provides the most up-to-date information of over 560 multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The database is updated multiple times a day. It is the best place for you to find information with regard to the multilateral treaty’s entry-into-force date, the latest status of Member States, and the declarations, reservations or objections made by any of the Member States. Since almost all of those treaties are published in the United Nations Treaty Series, a link to the specific volume is also provided.
The Status of Treaties database is organized by chapters, with each chapter covering a specific topic, for example, human rights, refugees, health, status of women, etc. However, if you are not sure which chapter your treaty falls into, you may search it by title, by key word in full text, or by participant.
The link to the UNTS database is featured on the right hand side of the homepage. You may also get there by clicking the “Registration & Publication” tab on the top menu bar. According to Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations, every treaty or international agreement entered into by any Member of the United Nations must be registered with the Secretariat and published by it. The UNTS database is the digitization of the United Nations Treaty Series, a publication produced by the Secretariat that contains over 2000 volumes and tens of thousands of individual treaties or agreements. One caveat is that although UNTS may be a good place for you to locate the full text of the treaty, the information there related to the status of the treaty may not be entirely up-to-date.
To search in the UNTS database, you may rely on the “Advanced Search” functions, or just as what you do in the Status of Treaties database, search by title, by key word in full text, or by participant.
If you still have questions, please feel free to come talk to me or any of the librarians at the Reference Desk.