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Press Release
#118886
2018-11-29

196 Governments agree to scale up investments in nature and people towards 2020 and beyond: UN Biodiversity Conference closes in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

29 November 2018 – The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference of the Parties (COP14) closed tonight with broad international agreement on reversing the global destruction of nature and biodiversity loss threatening all forms of life on Earth.

Press Release
#77377
2011-03-07

A New International Treaty to Address Damage that may Result from Living Modified Organisms Opens for Signature

Montreal, 7 March 2011 – At a ceremony held today in New York, the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was opened for signature by Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Th ...

Press Release
#74127
2010-10-10

A United Nations Conference on the Safe Use of Modern Biotechnology Opens Tomorrow

Nagoya, 10 October, 2010 – A five-day meeting of the governing body of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, known as the “Conference of the Parties serving as meeting of the Parties to the Protocol” (or COP-MOP) opens here Monday at the Nagoya Congress Centre. More than 4,000 delegates, includi ...

Press Release
#47506
2008-05-16

Agreement reached to work towards a legally binding instrument on Liability and Redress with regard to GMOs

Bonn, 16 May 2008 - After four years of intensive negotiation, the 2,000 participants attending the Bonn Biosafety Meeting, the largest ever gathering on biosafety, agreed to work towards legally binding rules and procedures for liability and redress for potential damage caused from the tran ...

Press Release
#81190
2011-08-10

Antigua and Barbuda becomes twenty-sixth signatory to the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol

Montreal, 10 August 2011 – Yesterday, Antigua and Barbuda became the twenty-sixth Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and the first small island developing State, to sign the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Press Release
#124672
2020-03-17

Arrangements for meetings of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

17 March 2020 – Due to the evolving nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has moved to hold many meetings virtually and has postponed others.

Press Release
#85761
2012-02-13

Bahrain to become the 163rd Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Montreal, 13 February 2012 – Bahrain deposited its instrument of accession to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity on 7 February 2012 and will become the 163rd Party to the Protocol on 7 May 2012.

Press Release
#83346
2011-10-31

Benin becomes sixty-sixth signatory of the Nagoya Protocol and the thirty-sixth signatory of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Montreal, 31 October 2011 – Benin, on 28 October 2011, became the sixty-sixth signatory of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the thirty-sixth signatory of ...

Press Release
#12044
2005-06-06

Biosafety Protocol Conference ends without agreement on shipping documentation rules for genetically modified commodities

Montreal, 3 June 2005. The 118 countries and the European Community, who are members to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, have ended their second meeting without agreement on the shipping documentation requirements for bulk shipments of living modified organisms (LMOs), (also known as geneti ...

Press Release
#11806
2005-05-30

Biosafety Protocol conference to finalize shipping documentation rules for genetically modified commodities

Montreal, 30 May 2005 – The 119 member governments to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety are meeting here this week until 3 June to clarify international trade rules for genetically modified commodities.

Press Release
#7042
2004-02-27

Biosafety Protocol now operational as governments agree documentation rules for GMO trade

Kuala Lumpur, 27 February 2004 - The 87 member states of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which entered into force in September 2003, have adopted documentation requirements and other procedures for promoting the safety of international trade in living (or genetically) modified organisms (kn ...

Press Release
#6222
2000-12-01

Biosafety meeting to help governments reduce GMO risks

Montpellier, France, December 2000 – With the debate over genetically-modified foods continuing to make headlines around the world, officials from the 177 member governments of the Convention on Biological Diversity are meeting in Montpellier from 11 – 15 December to discuss practical steps for ...

Press Release
#85843
2012-02-15

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias assumes helm at Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 15 February 2012 – Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias today began his tenure as the Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the Secretariat’s offices in Montreal, Canada.

Press Release
#6239
2003-09-09

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety takes effect

Montreal, September 9, 2003 – The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the first legally binding international agreement governing the transboundary movement of living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology enters into force on Thursday, 11 September 2003.

Press Release
#103542
2015-04-20

Comprehensive report on synthetic biology discusses impacts on biodiversity and reviews existing regulatory regimes

Montreal, 20 April 2015 – A new report from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity discusses the potential for synthetic biology to have both positive and negative impacts on biodiversity and looks at the role and adequacy of existing risk assessment and regulatory regimes to ...

Press Release
#6237
2003-06-13

Countdown begins for entry into force of Biosafety Protocol<br>Republic of Palau becomes the 50th country to ratify

Montreal, June 13 2003 –Ratification today by Palau triggers the countdown to the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the first legally binding international agreement governing the movement of living modified organisms across national borders. It will take effect on 11 Sept ...

Press Release
#112273
2017-03-20

Cristiana Paşca Palmer assumes position as Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity

20 March 2017 – Cristiana Paşca Palmer today assumed office as the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the principal global treaty on biodiversity.

Press Release
#84918
2012-01-05

Cyprus becomes seventy-second signatory of the Nagoya Protocol and the thirty-seventh signatory of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Montreal, 5 January 2012 – Cyprus, on 29 December 2011, became the seventy-second signatory of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the thirty-seventh signato ...

Press Release
#103065
2015-03-09

Denmark’s ratification edges the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress closer to entry into force

Montreal, 9 March 2015 – With Denmark’s ratification on 25 February, the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety has received 75% of the necessary ratifications, with only 11 more ratifications needed for it to enter into force.

Press Release
#125421
2020-06-08

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema appointed head of UN Biodiversity Convention

8 June 2020 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, a national of the United Republic of Tanzania, as the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Press Release
#108435
2016-05-02

Enhanced implementation, mainstreaming, key issues at first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The first meeting of the new Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-1) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will open today, focusing on increasing efforts related to strengthening the review process and enhance on-the-ground implementation at global, national, sub-national and local ...

Press Release
#65444
2009-11-19

Enhancing Preparations for the Aichi-Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

Montreal, 19 November 2009 – A powerful delegation from Japan visited the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) in Montreal on 16-17 November to discuss substantive preparations for the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to ...

Press Release
#6250
2003-09-09

Entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: Press Kit

Dr. Klaus Toepfer, the Executive Director of UNEP, Mr. Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), The Honourable Rejoyce Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism for South Africa, and Mr. Juan Mayr, the former Colombian Minister ...

Press Release
#92999
2013-03-26

European Union approves Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Montreal, 26 March 2013 – The European Union deposited, on 21 March 2013 its instrument of approval of the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Press Release
#108506
2016-05-08

First meeting of biodiversity implementation body recommends ways and means to enhance achievement of global biodiversity targets

The first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 1) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) came to a close on 6 May 2016 in Montreal, Canada. Delegates from around the world advanced attention on national action by recommending tools and approaches for implementing the S ...

Press Release
#110286
2016-10-03

Four more instruments of ratifications needed for the entry into force of the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

With Swaziland’s accession on 21 September 2016, the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety needs only four more ratifications to enter into force.

Press Release
#95517
2013-09-12

Germany and Cambodia ratify/accede to the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Montreal, 12 September 2013 – Germany and Cambodia, on 27 and 30 August 2013 respectively, became the most recent countries to ratify/accede to the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Thus 16 Parties to the Cartagena Proto ...

Press Release
#57546
2009-03-06

Governments and Organizations involved in Biosafety Capacity-Building Projects convene in Costa Rica

San José, 6 March 2009 – More than 50 participants from Governments and organizations involved in the implementation and financing of biosafety capacity-building activities will meet in San José, Costa Rica, from 9 to 11 March to share experiences and discuss strategies for improving capacity-bu ...

Press Release
#117527
2018-07-18

Governments embark on transformative agenda to achieve global biodiversity targets and prepare the way forward beyond 2020

18 July 2018 – Inspired by discussions on the possibilities of transformational change, a keynote address by Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar, and a celebration of indigenous culture, more than 1,000 delegates from around the world concluded two critical meetings of the UN Convention on Biologi ...

Press Release
#118854
2018-11-08

Governments meet in Egypt to build momentum for a New Deal for Nature and People: 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference held under the theme of “Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet"

8 November 2018 - The global community will lay the groundwork for action over the next few decades to protect biodiversity and nature at the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference , scheduled to take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from 17 to 29 November 2018.

Press Release
#118868
2018-11-18

Governments set stage to take ambitious actions for nature and people: UN Biodiversity Conference opens in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

18 November 2018 – The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference opened yesterday in the seaside town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt with an opening ceremony that included an address from President of Egypt, H.E. Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi, who emphasized the crucial importance of the meeting f ...

Press Release
#6230
2002-04-01

Governments to advance work on Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The Hague, April 2002 – With the legally-binding Protocol on Biosafety gaining momentum towards its entry into force, delegates from over 160 governments as well as non-governmental, inter-governmental and indigenous and private sector organizations will meet here for continuing discussions from ...

Press Release
#20148
2006-03-07

Governments to resume negotiations in Brazil on the implementation of the international treaty on living modified organisms.

Montreal, 7 March 2006 – More than two years ago, upon the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan stated that “the Protocol establishes a framework that will facilitate environmentally sound application and management ...

Press Release
#82735
2011-10-11

Hyderabad ready to host the world biodiversity community

Montreal, 11 October 2011 –The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Ahmed Djoghlaf, paid a working visit to India from 5 to 8 October 2011 to discuss preparations for the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention and its sixth meeting serving a ...

Press Release
#47051
2008-05-02

International Community to Meet in Germany for a United Nations Conference on Living Modified Organisms and Biodiversity

Montreal, 2 May 2008– More than 2,000 delegates, including ministers and representatives from Governments, civil society and business, will meet in Bonn, Germany, from 12 to 16 May 2008, for the fourth meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP). The meeting is expec ...

Press Release
#50957
2008-09-08

International Treaty on Biosafety marks its Fifth Anniversary

Montreal, 8 September 2008 ─ On 11 September, the world community will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, an important milestone in ensuring the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms resulting from modern biote ...

Press Release
#124021
2020-01-29

International biosafety treaty marks its twentieth anniversary

29 January 2020 – Twenty years ago, on 29 January 2000, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The Cartagena Protocol entered into force on 11 September 2003.

Press Release
#95480
2013-09-10

International treaty on biosafety marks its tenth anniversary

Montreal, 10 September 2013 – Under the theme, 10 Years of Promoting Safety in the Use of Biotechnology, the international community is marking the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the international agreement governing the movement of living modified organisms (LMOs) across national ...

Press Release
#82175
2011-09-20

International treaty on damage resulting from living modified organisms receives four new signatures

Montreal, 20 September 2011 – Four countries—Belgium, Germany, Poland, and Portugal—today signed the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety at a ceremony held at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Press Release
#97912
2014-03-07

Iraq to become 167th Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Montreal, 7 March 2014 – Iraq deposited its instrument of accession to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity on 3 March 2014 and will become the 167th Party to the Cartagena Protocol on 1 June 2014.

Press Release
#91866
2013-01-22

Ireland 10th state to ratify the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Montreal, 22 January 2013 – Ireland has become the 10th country to ratify the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Ireland deposited its instrument of ratification on 14 January 2013, making it the first country to ratify t ...

Press Release
#47311
2008-05-12

Largest international gathering on Biosafety meets in Bonn to finalize arrangements for the Cartagena Protocol

Bonn, May 12 2008- Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety opened their fourth meeting today at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, in Germany. More than 3000 delegates from 147 countries assembled to fulfill their commitment to ensuring the safe use of modern biotechnology, including reaching a ...

Press Release
#84375
2011-12-07

Latvia becomes the first country to ratify the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Montreal, 7 December 2011 – On 30 November 2011, Latvia became the first country to ratify the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The first ratification comes just over a year after the Supplementary Protocol was adopted ...

Press Release
#92188
2013-02-13

Lebanon to become 165th Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Montreal, 13February 2013 – Lebanon deposited its instrument of accession to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity on 6 February 2013 and will become the 165th Party to the Protocol on 7 May 2013.

Press Release
#39840
2007-10-18

Legal and Technical Experts Meet Next Week to Discuss International Rules on Liability and Redress for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Living Modified Organisms

MONTREAL, 18 October 2007 – A working group of legal and technical experts on liability and redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety will meet in Montreal next week from 22 to 26 October. More than 200 participants, including delegates from Governments, civil society and in ...

Press Release
#79171
2011-05-20

Mauritania Becomes 23rd Signatory to the Two New Biodiversity Treaties

Montreal, 20 May 2011 – Mauritania has signed the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization and the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, mak ...

Press Release
#6994
2004-02-21

Media Advisory - Launch of the book: "The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: A Record of the Negotiations" and the Opening Press Conference of COP MOP 1

A new book entitled: The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: A record of the Negotiations , published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity will be launched on Monday, February 23, the opening day of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of ...

Press Release
#73760
2010-09-28

Media Advisory - Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to meet in Aichi-Nagoya from 11 to 15 October 2010

Montreal, 28 September 2010 – Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety are preparing to hold their fifth ordinary meeting from 11 to 15 October 2010 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, at the Nagoya Congress Center (NCC). More than 3,000 delegates representing governments, civil society and industry a ...

Press Release
#101093
2014-09-26

Meeting on the Safe Use of Living Modified Organisms - First of three major United Nations meetings opens Monday

Pyeongchang/Montreal, 26 September 2014 – On Monday, delegates from around the world will convene for the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 7).

Press Release
#11580
2005-05-20

Member governments of the Biosafety Protocol to meet to finalize documentation rules for genetically modified commodities

Montreal, 24 May 2005 – More than 800 government officials, civil society and business representatives will meet here next week from 30 May to 3 June for the second meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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