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UN mediation treaty to be signed in and named after Singapore in 2019

Thursday, 27th July 2018

" Outside, a snowstorm brought New York to a standstill – but indoors, discussions raged on. 

Negotiations were underway for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) when the 2017 North American blizzard shut down the United Nations Headquarters, where delegates had been meeting.
But the delegates were determined to continue.
“We were on the cusp of a breakthrough, so we didn’t want to lose that momentum,” said Ms Sharon Ong, who was part of the Singapore delegation to UNCITRAL. “One of the delegates managed to get a law firm that was based in New York City, and then we all crammed into this conference room. It was very stuffy and very cramped … all the delegates who were interested were crammed in there.”
The snowstorm turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
"On that day, we resolved a lot of the issues that had been sticking points for many years. We all just came with a spirit of co-operation, so it was very collaborative and people were very open about things,” said Ms Ong. “It’s very special because that day was quite a breakthrough.”
Ms Ong was Singapore’s representative for the UNCITRAL Working Group on Dispute Settlement.
Three years of negotiations have successfully resulted in the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation."


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Contact: Gwyneth Teo

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