A Non Binding Agreement To Follow Common Policies
Generally speaking, a treaty amendment is binding only on States that have ratified the amendment and agreements reached at review conferences, summits or meetings of States parties are political, but not legally binding. To prevent a memorandum of understanding or road map from being considered binding, it is recommended that a treaty be negotiated by a group of countries, either by an organisation established for that purpose or by an existing body such as the United Nations (UN) Disarmament Council. The negotiation process can take several years, depending on the topics covered and the number of participating countries. At the end of the negotiations, the contract will be signed by representatives of the governments concerned. The conditions may require ratification and signature of the treaty before it becomes legally binding. .