Montreal, 17 December 2013 – The Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety reached the halfway mark to entry into force after Hungary deposited the 20th instrument of ratification on 9 December 2013. The Supplementary Protocol will enter into force on the 90th day after the date of deposit of the 40th instrument of ratification, accession, acceptance or approval by the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. 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.
Welcoming the latest news, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, said, “Hungary’s ratification is further evidence of the firm commitment of many governments signatory to the Cartagena Protocol to bring the Supplementary Protocol into force as soon as possible. I call upon all countries that have not yet done so to ratify the Cartagena Protocol and its Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress.”
Hungary joins Albania, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Czech Republic, the European Union, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Mongolia, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the Syrian Arab Republic that have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession to the Supplementary Protocol.
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