First published in Canada in 2001 by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
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The Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty whose objectives are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. The Convention was opened for signature at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, June 1992) and entered into force on 29 December 1993. It has been ratified by 180 countries and one regional economic integration organization (1 August 2001). The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is provided by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and is located in Montreal, Canada. The United Nations has declared 22 May as the International Day for Biological Diversity.