On 16 April 2013, the Secretary-General of UNIDROIT, Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria, visited the Ministry of Justice of Japan, where he was received by the Assistant Vice-Minister and Deputy Director-General for the Civil Affairs Bureau, Mr Osamu Hagimoto, the Director of the Legislative Divion, 
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On 10 April 2013, the Government of the Republic of Madagascar deposited with UNIDROIT its instruments of accession to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and to the Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Aircraft 
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On 29 December 2012 Mr M.J. Stanford, former Deputy Secretary-General of Unidroit, was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to the international unification of law. On 26 March 2013, at Buckingham 
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On 26 March 2013 Canada submitted an updated set of declarations under Articles 39(1)(a), 39(1)(b), 39(4), 52, 53, 54(2) and 60 of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and under Articles XXIX, XXX(1), XXX(2) and XXX(3) of the Protocol to the Convention on 
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On 13 March 2013 the Republic of Congo deposited with UNIDROIT declarations under Articles 39(1)(a), 39(1)(b), 40, 52, 53 and 54(2) of the Cape Town Convention. The deposit of the mandatory declaration under Article 54(2) of the Convention permits UNIDROIT to formally accept the deposit 
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Mr. Felix Onana Etoundi, Director General of the Regional Superior School for the Magistracy (ERSUMA) of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) visited UNIDROIT in Rome and met with the Secretary-General, Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria, on Thursday, 21 March 
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A Seminar on “The Globalization of the Protection of the Cultural Heritage. The 1970 Convention – New Challenges” was held in Mexico City from 21 to 23 March 2013 under the patronage of UNESCO. UNIDROIT is one of the sponsoring institutions, together with the Mexican Ministry of 
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Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law, organised a Symposium on the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects and the Protection of Cultural Heritage on 8 March 2013, in Budapest. The Symposium took place in the Council Hall of the Faculty of  Law 
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On 25 January 2013 the Republic of Congo’s instrument of acceptance of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment was deposited with UNIDROIT. The Republic of Congo made no declarations under the Convention. The Convention will enter into force for the Republic of Congo 
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On 28 January 2013, the Government of the Russian Federation notified UNIDROIT of subsequent declarations under Article XXX(1) of the Aircraft Protocol. These subsequent declarations will take effect on 1 August 2013. Further details about the Aircraft Protocol are available at the Depositary Functions of UNIDROIT page.
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