Week Ending Friday, October 26, 2007

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: October 23, 2007

Message to the Senate Transmitting the Protocol Amending the Convention on the International Hydrographic Organization,
October 23, 2007

To the Senate of the United States:

With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, I transmit herewith the Protocol of Amendments to the Convention on the International Hydrographic Organization done at Monaco onApril 14, 2005. The Protocol amends the Convention on the International Hydrographic Organization, which was done at Monaco on May 3, 1967, and entered into force for the United States on September 22, 1970 (TIAS 6933; 21 UST 1857; 752 UNTS 41). I am also transmitting, for the information of the Senate, the report of the Secretary of State on the Protocol.

The Protocol will facilitate the reorganization of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). The IHO, which is a technical and consultative international organization headquartered in Monaco, facilitates safe and efficient maritime navigation throughout the world. It accomplishes these objectives by facilitating the coordination of the activities of national hydrographic offices, promoting uniformity in the nautical charts and documents generated by such offices, encouraging the adoption of reliable surveying methods, and fostering the development of the science of hydrography. Reorganization of the IHO will result in a more flexible, efficient, and visible organization.

Ratification of the Protocol would serve important U.S. interests. United States commercial shipping, the United States Navy, and the scientific research community rely heavily on hydrographic information collected and shared under the auspices of the IHO. The United States plays an important leadership role in the IHO and as a result enjoys expeditious and economical access to this information. Moreover, the United States has committed more resources than any other country to research, development, and evaluation of hydrographic instruments and therefore stands to benefit significantly from the efficiencies generated by this reorganization.

Article XXI of the Convention sets forth the procedure for the approval and entry into force of amendments: amendments that are adopted or "approved" by the Conference enter into force for all Contracting Parties to the Convention 3 months after two-thirds of the Contracting Parties have notified the depositary of the their consent to be bound.

I recommend that the Senate give prompt and favorable consideration to the Protocol and give its advice and consent to ratification.

George W. Bush
The White House,
October 23, 2007.

Note: This message was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on October 24.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Message to the Senate Transmitting the Protocol Amending the Convention on the International Hydrographic Organization, October 23, 2007," Week Ending Friday, October 26, 2007 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 26, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:1404-1405 Original Sources, accessed July 18, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Q6PYKR5ZFCV7HP3.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Message to the Senate Transmitting the Protocol Amending the Convention on the International Hydrographic Organization, October 23, 2007." Week Ending Friday, October 26, 2007, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 26, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:1404-1405, Original Sources. 18 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Q6PYKR5ZFCV7HP3.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Message to the Senate Transmitting the Protocol Amending the Convention on the International Hydrographic Organization, October 23, 2007' in Week Ending Friday, October 26, 2007. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 26, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:1404-1405. Original Sources, retrieved 18 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Q6PYKR5ZFCV7HP3.