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A list of Treaties or Circular State Letters

One of the icons on the Home page

A list of all Treaties a country/organization has adhered to

The Status by Participant tab at the top of the page

A list of all Treaties relating to a specific subject

Free text search on the Home page or Advanced Search

A specific Treaty by words in its title

Free text search on the Home page or go to Advanced Search

A specific Treaty by word used within its text

Advanced Search and write word in the free text search box


What is the Treaties database about?

What is the Treaties database about?

The Background page provides general information on the content of the Treaties Database. It describes the kind of treaties deposited with the Director General of FAO.

How to get information on Treaties or on Circular State Letters?

How to get information on Treaties or on Circular State Letters?

On the Home page, it is possible to search for specific instruments by inserting relevant search terms (which could include the acronym of the relevant treaty, or its subject) in the Free text search box. It is also possible to browse the following lists:

Each list of records – whether generated by a free text or advanced search, or by browsing – can be sorted by relevance or by date (entry into force in the case of treaties and date of issuance for Circular State Letters). The retrieved results can be filtered using the facets displayed on the right bar (e.g. subject matter, participants, date).

Which is the information provided for each treaty?

Which is the information provided for each treaty?

For each treaty, clicking on the title opens its “record”, providing an overview of its status and other information, as well as a link to its text. Clicking on the title of a CSL opens its “record”, which includes a link to its text.

If a treaty has a specific geographical scope of application  (e.g. in the case of some participants that have overseas territories), this is shown by a footnote indicator next to the name of the participant concerned; hovering of this indicator will open a pop up note with the relevant information.

Declarations or reservations made upon adherence to a treaty are listed below the table of participants.

How to get information about a country and its status?

How to get information about a country and its status?

Clicking on a participant’s name displayed in the list, opens its status page, listing all the treaties it has adhered to and CSLs issued in respect of its treaty actions.

In the status page:

  • Clicking on the name of a treaty or CSL then opens the record for the treaty or CSL.
  • Clicking on the flag next to a participant’s name opens its FAO country profile.

If a treaty has a specific geographical scope of application (e.g. in the case of some participants that have overseas territories), you need to open the treaty record by clicking on its name. If there is a specific scope of application, this is shown by a footnote indicator next to the name of the participant concerned; hovering of this indicator will open a pop up note with the relevant information.

If a participant made a declaration or reservation upon adherence to a treaty, you need to open the treaty record by clicking on its name. All declarations and reservations are listed below the table of participants.

How to perform a more refined search?

How to perform a more refined search?

The Advanced Search allows you to enter various parameters to search across the Database (for treaties and/or Circular State Letters and/or ITPGRFA Art. 15 Agreements).

By default, searches will be across all four types of instrument. You can choose to search only in treaties or CSLs or ITPGRFA Art. 15 Agreements by ticking the relevant box next to “Type of instruments”.

To search for all the treaties adopted within a particular time span, select “Treaties” under “Type of instruments”, and then enter the relevant years in the field “Year of adoption”. 

It is possible to search for words included within the text of a treaty by using the “Free text search” box.

If terms are entered in multiple fields (for example, a search on place of adoption, a particular participant and words from the title of the treaty), they are connected by “AND” by default and the resulting list will reflect only those entries that match all the fields entered. 

How to save relevant information?

How to save relevant information?

Pages with retrieved results or details of a record can be printed and saved as any other web page.

For more guidance, please send an email to Treaties@fao.org