On 21 March 2013 the European Union deposited its instrument of approval of the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
, following the Council Decision 2013/86/EU of 12 February 2013 to conclude the Supplementary Protocol. According to Article 3 of the Decision, the Decision “shall enter into force on the date of its adoption”.*
The Supplementary Protocol was adopted on 15 October 2010 at the fifth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 5) in Nagoya and was signed by the Union on 11 May 2011. It will enter into force on the 90th day after the date of deposit of the 40th instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession by the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Art.18 (1)). To date, 12 Parties to the Cartagena Protocol have deposited their instruments of ratification, approval, acceptance, or accession to the Supplementary Protocol, namely Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, the European Union, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Syrian Arab Republic.
The cardinal objective of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress is 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.
“I congratulate the European Union for its approval of the Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress. This approval is significant. It is an unequivocal indication that this Supplementary Protocol is on track towards its entry into force
” said Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity. In an effort to highlight the dire need for the implementation of the Supplementary Protocol he added : “I call upon Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety that have not yet ratified or acceded to the Supplementary Protocol to do so as soon as they can, so that this important instrument enters into force and implemented as early as possible.
* See: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2013:046:0001:0003:EN:PDF
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