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‘All countries shall adopt Cartagena Protocol’

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The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias has called upon all the countries to adopt and enforce the decisions of Cartagena protocol and its supplementary protocol of Nagoya- Kuala Lumpur at the earliest to put development process on a faster and safer pace. In a message to the world community on the occasion of completion of 10 years of Cartagena Protocol, which entered into force on September 11, 2003, he said, “We have certainly come a long way.

International treaty on Biosafety completes 10 years

The protocol ensures safe handling, transfer and use of LMOs resulting from modern biotechnology, commonly known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that may have adverse effects on biological diversity

Hyderabad: The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias has called upon all the countries to adopt and enforce the decisions of Cartagena protocol and its supplementary protocol of Nagoya- Kuala Lumpur at the earliest to put development process on a faster and safer pace. In a message to the world community on the occasion of completion of 10 years of Cartagena Protocol, which entered into force on September 11, 2003, he said, “We have certainly come a long way.

With 166 parties, the Cartagena Protocol is clearly one of the fastest growing treaties of the United Nations. However for the Protocol to be fully effective, we need to work towards achieving its universal membership and foster a better understanding among all stakeholders on how the Protocol contributes to sustainable development. I call upon all countries that have not yet done so to fast track their national processes to ratify or accede to the Cartagena Protocol and its supplementary protocol on liability and redress as soon as possible.”

The Protocol was arrived after a marathon discussion and initially 50 countries agreed to be bound by it. This international agreement was aimed at governing the movement of living modified organisms (LMOs) across national borders. It was also taken shape to ensure the safe handling, transfer and use of LMOs resulting from modern biotechnology, commonly known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that may have adverse effects on biological diversity.

The Cartagena Protocol provides a framework that can enable us to derive maximum benefit from modern biotechnology without compromising the environment and human health, he informed. More than 100 countries have developed national legal frameworks and administrative systems tailored to handle applications and facilitate decision-making regarding the export and import of LMOs. These systems require risk assessments to be conducted to inform any decisions on the imports of LMOs.

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