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On 30 November 2011, the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) hosted a seminar at its Rome headquarters to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the Cape Town Convention at the Cape Town Diplomatic Conference.

The seminar was opened by Her Excellency Ms Thenjiwe Ethel Mtintso, Ambassador of South Africa in Italy, who noted that South Africa was very happy to have contributed to the adoption of the Convention through its hosting of the successful Cape Town Convention Diplomatic Conference, and was pleased that the Convention had subsequently achieved success through attracting many ratifications – including the ratification of South Africa in 2007.

In welcoming delegates to the seminar, the NIDROIT Secretary-General, Mr José Angelo Estrella-Faria noted that the innovative approaches taken in the development of the Cape Town Convention – which included close collaboration with other international organisations as well as industry representatives – had resulted in an instrument that continued to deliver tangible benefits to its Contracting States and which continued to attract interest and ratifications from all regions of the world.

The seminar program featured major figures in the development and implementation of the Convention and protocols, including representatives of the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Registry, the Aviation Working Group and the Rail Working Group.

During the seminar, Mr Estrella-Faria also announced that the Convention had obtained 50 Contracting States, with the acceptance on 30 November 2011 of the deposit of Brazil’s instrument of accession to the Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol.

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