CBD Secretariat Celebrates Biosafety Protocol’s 10th Anniversary

CBD11 September 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released several videos and other materials to mark the tenth anniversary of the coming into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

The materials include a short video about the Protocol and messages by representatives of Parties and relevant organizations highlighting the Protocol's main achievements and lessons learned with regard to issues such as: capacity-building; risk assessment and risk management; socio-economic considerations; the Biosafety Clearing-House; public awareness and public participation; handling, transport, packaging and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs); and the Nagoya Kuala-Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress.

A press release issued by the Secretariat describes progress in implementation, including the establishment of national biosafety frameworks and administrative systems, progress in risk assessment, and systems for safe handing, packaging and transport of LMOs.

The press release also urges countries that have not done so to ratify the Protocol and the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress. Coinciding with the commemoration of the Protocol's anniversary, the Secretariat also announced that Germany and Cambodia ratified/acceded to the Supplementary Protocol, bringing the number of Parties to 16. The Supplementary Protocol will enter into force 90 days after receiving its 40th ratification. [CBD Press Release 10th Anniversary][CBD Press Release Ratification][CBD 10th Anniversary Website]