Treaties and Agreements

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UN Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space

United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution XXI, "The Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies" ("the Outer Space Treaty") on December 19, 1966, an it entered into force on October 10, 1967. It provides a framework for the international regulation of space activities.

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International Bill of Human Rights

The UN General Assembly passed a resolution on February 5, 1952, about two drafts of international treaties human rights. This resolution is known as the International Bill of Human Rights, and consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols.

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KSG Paper: An International Architecture for the Post-Kyoto Era (PDF)

Authors: Sheila M. Olmstead and Robert N. Stavins

This new Kennedy School of Government working paper outlines the basic features of a post-Kyoto international global climate agreement. It addresses: first, a means to ensure that key nations—industrialized and developing—are involved; second, an emphasis on an extended time path of action (employing a cost-effective pattern over time); and third, inclusion of market-based policy instruments.

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