How a Treaty is Born

The treaty creation process typically follows a standard set of steps. First, a country, high-ranking UN officials, or a coalition of advocates and NGOs like Every Woman Treaty initiate the idea. From there, a collaborative process unfolds: The treaty’s champions form a Working Group and begin developing the treaty content. They move through the political process, which includes recruiting lead nations, the treaty’s ambassadors. The lead nations then draft the treaty at a series of convenings, until the text is approved by a UN body (such as the World Health Organization or the UN General Assembly), and the treaty opens to nations for signature.