Following Cuba’s deposition of its instrument of accession to the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on Wednesday, April 26 2017, only three more ratifications are now required for the Supplementary Protocol to enter into force.
Adopted as a supplementary agreement to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Supplementary Protocol aims to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity by providing international rules and procedures for response measures in the event of damage resulting from living modified organisms.
Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), said: “I very much welcome the accession of Cuba to the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol. I urge all Parties to the Biosafety Protocol that have yet to do so, to ratify the Supplementary Protocol as soon as possible.
“I also urge Parties to the Biodiversity Convention that have not yet done so, to ratify the Biosafety Protocol so that they can also become Parties to the Supplementary Protocol.”
The Supplementary Protocol will enter into force on the 19th day after the deposit of the 40th instrument of ratification, accession, acceptance or approval.
To expedite the entry into force and implementation of the Supplementary Protocol, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is developing capacity building materials and undertaking a range of awareness-raising activities.