Writers and speakers addressing the LOS Convention should take note that a new party was added at the start of the new year. On January 2nd, 2015, Palestine became the 167th party to the Law of the Sea Convention, joining LOS and several other international agreements at the beginning of the new year.
This does to change the other statistics regarding the status of the Convention. There remain 31 non-party states, of which 17 are land-locked. The 14 non-party coastal states are: the United States, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, El Salvador, Turkey, Cambodia, the United Arab Emirates, Eritrea and Israel.
In referring to the status of the Convention, the number of members may be stated as 167 parties or 166 state parties plus the European Union.