The Convention was approved by the resolution of the Assembleia da República (Parliament) no. 51/2006, and ratified by the decree of the Presidente da República (President of the Republic) no. 65/2006, both published in Diário da República 1.ª série, nr. 137, of 18 July 2006. The Portuguese Republic employed its instrument of ratification on the 21st September 2006, by the Director-General of UNESCO. In accordance with its article no. 27, this Convention came into force on the 2nd January 2009 in the Portuguese Republic.