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Ratification declaration notes

China

(a) On 6 June 1997, the Government of China notified the United Nations Secretary-General of the following:

In accordance with the Declaration of the Government of the People's Republic of China and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the question of Hong Kong signed on 19 December 1984, the People's Republic of China will resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong with effect from 1 July 1997. Hong Kong will, with effect from that date, become a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and will enjoy a high degree of autonomy, except in foreign and defence affairs which are the responsibility of the central People's Government of the People's Republic of China.

The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, to which the Government of the People's Republic of China acceded on 11 September 1989 as well as the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the London Amendment to the Montreal Protocol will apply to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with effect from 1 July 1997.

The Government of the People's Republic of China also makes the following declaration:

Provisions of article 5 of the Montreal Protocol will not be applied to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Government of the People's Republic of China will assume responsibility for the international rights and obligations arising from the application of the Convention, the Protocol and the Amendment to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

(b) On 19 October 1999, the Government of China notified the United Nations Secretary General of the following: In accordance with the Joint Declaration of the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Portugal on the Question of Macao (hereinafter referred to as the Joint Declaration), the Government of the People's Republic of China will resume the exercise of sovereignty over Macao with effect from 20 December 1999. Macao will, from that date, become a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and will enjoy a high degree of autonomy, except in foreign and defense affairs which are the responsibilities of the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China.

In this connection, The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone layer, which the Government of the People's Republic of China deposited the instrument of accession on 11 September 1989, as well as the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer of 16 September 1987 and the Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer of 29 June 1990 (hereinafter referred to as the "Convention, the Protocol and the Amendment"), will apply to the Macao Special Administrative Region with effect from 20 December 1999. The Government of the People's Republic of China also wishes to make the following declaration:

Provisions of Article 5 of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer of 16 September 1987 will not be applied to the Macao Special Administrative Region, and provisions of paragraph 1 of Article 5 of the Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer of 29 June 1990 will not be applied to the Macao Special Administrative Region.

(c) On 22 April 2003, the Government of China communicated the following information to the United Nations Secretary General:

In accordance with the provision of article 138 of the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China of 1993, the Government of the People's Republic of China decides that the Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer adopted in Copenhagen on 25 November 1992 shall apply to the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

The Government of the People's Republic of China also decides that the above-mentioned Amendment will continue to be implemented in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

(d) Upon accession, the Government of China made the following declaration: The Government of the People's Republic of China would like to restate that the provision of article 5 of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer of 16 September 1987 and the provision of paragraph 1, article 5 of the Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer adopted in London on 29 June 1990 will not apply to the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.