Mr K Shanmugam
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore
A very warm welcome to all delegates, to Singapore and to the Singapore Convention Signing Ceremony and Conference.
The United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation, is the missing third piece in the international dispute resolution enforcement framework, which currently includes the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements. It will help enhance the cross-border enforceability of mediated settlement and businesses will benefit with greater certainty and assurance.
Singapore is most honoured to be hosting the signing of the Singapore Convention on Mediation. The strong turnout of country representatives and delegates from around the world is testament to the global support for this landmark multilateral treaty.
I wish all of you a fruitful time at the Singapore Convention Signing Ceremony and Conference and an enjoyable stay in Singapore.
Ms Anna Joubin-Bret
The United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (the "Singapore Convention on Mediation") was adopted on 20 December 2018 by the General Assembly resolution 73/198. This Convention applies to international settlement agreements resulting from mediation. It is an instrument to facilitate international trade and to promote mediation as an alternative method of resolving disputes. As a binding instrument, it is expected to bring certainty and stability to the international framework on mediation, thereby contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, mainly the Goal 16 on promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
The Singapore Convention on Mediation shall be open for signature in Singapore on 7 August 2019, and thereafter at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Revoking the resolution 73/198, we would like to express our appreciation again to the Government of Singapore for its offer to host a signing ceremony for the Convention in Singapore.
Programme at a Glance
Singapore Convention Welcome Reception
Opening of Signing Ceremony and Conference
Formal Addresses By:
- Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, Singapore
- Mr António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations (via video)
- Mr Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, United Nations
- Dr Marty Natalegawa, Former Foreign Minister, Indonesia
- Mr Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara, CEO, Temasek International Pte Ltd
- The Honourable Judge Xue Hanqin, Vice-President, International Court of Justice
- Prof Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Singapore and Professor of Law, National University of Singapore
Lunch-time Panel on the Negotiation of the Convention on Mediation
- Mr Itai Apter, Director, International Civil Affairs, Office of the Deputy Attorney General (International Law), Israel Ministry of Justice
- Mr Héctor Flores Sentíes, Partner, Abascal Flores y Segovia
- Prof Jaemin Lee, Professor of International Law, School of Law, Seoul National University
- Dr Norel Rosner, Legal and Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission
- Mr Tim Schnabel, Former Attorney, Office of the Legal Adviser, United States Department of State
- Ms Corinne Montineri, Senior Legal Officer, UNCITRAL Secretariat, United Nations
- Prof Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, President, International Council for Commercial Arbitration
- The Honourable Justice Anselmo Reyes, International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court
- The Honourable Justice Edward Torgbor, Former Judge of the High Court, Kenya and Visiting Academic, University of Oxford
- Mr George Lim, SC, Chairman, Singapore International Mediation Centre
- Ambassador Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Former Foreign Advisor (Foreign Minister), Bangladesh, and Principal Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies
- Prof Thomas J. Stipanowich, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and Professor of Law, Pepperdine University
- Prof Lucy Reed, Director, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore
Singapore Convention Gala Dinner
- Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Singapore
International Dispute Resolution Survey
In conjunction with the Singapore Convention Signing Cermony and Conference, the Singapore Ministry of Law has commissioned the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy (SIDRA) to conduct a survey to gain insights into the latest trends and developments in international dispute resolution. The survey is available in the six official languages of the United Nations – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
SIDRA has engaged the Forensic Services department of PwC South East Asia Consulting to administer the Survey. Please click here to request a unique Survey link. Survey returns will be consolidated and all participants to the survey will receive a copy of the survey results.
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