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15th Anniversary of the Entry Into Force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

  11 September 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

To commemorate the 15th anniversary, the Secretariat prepared a series of short video clips by representatives of Parties to Biosafety Protocol, biosafety experts and other stakeholders highlighting key elements of the Biosafety Protocol. The videos are intended to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Biosafety Protocol and can be used for national and regional outreach activities. Other resources prepared by the Secretariat, by Parties and other biosafety experts have also been made available, including:

In addition, a number of info graphics have been made available prepared by participants to the online discussion on public awareness regarding LMOs, held from 15 March 2018 to 5 April 2018.


Ms. Cristiana Pașca Palmer Executive Secretary of the CBD and UN Assistant Secretary-General
talks about

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety


Successes achieved under the Biosafety Protocol

At its 15th anniversary, a number of key successes achieved under the Biosafety Protocol are to be noted such as the a fully operational Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) as well as regional and numerous national BCH websites through which Parties and other stakeholders exchange a wealth of information on biosafety. The recent entry into force of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress is another noteworthy milestone to be celebrated at the Biosafety Protocol’s 15th anniversary.

Other important developments towards more effective biosafety systems are also to be noted. For example the growing experience by Parties in carrying out risk assessments and managing risks associated with the use, handling and transboundary movement of living modified organisms (LMOs). Parties have also made important progress in the context of public awareness, education and public participation at the national level. At the Protocol’s 15th anniversary, the instrumental role of the Compliance Committee in supporting Parties to implement the Biosafety Protocol and comply with their obligations should also be marked.

Unfortunately, the 15th anniversary also reminds us that many Parties are still struggling with the implementation of the Biosafety Protocol, in particular the establishment of effective biosafety systems which shows the need for continuing capacity building support. The development of the post-2020 strategic frameworks will be a crucial moment to step up efforts and the 15th anniversary thus marks the beginning of an ever stronger Biosafety Protocol.


Jimena Nieto Carrasco former Co-Chair Open-Ended Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress talks about Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress; Andreas Heissenberger from Austria talks about Socio-economic Considerations; and Sol Ortiz García from Mexico talks about Risk Assessment of LMOs and Detection and Identification of LMOs

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Ho-Min Jang from the Republic of Korea talks about the Biosafety Clearing-House; Gado Mahamane from Niger talks about Raising awareness and ensuring participation in decision-taking on LMOs; and Karel Blaha, Jaroslav Petr and Hana Jirakova from Czech Republic talk about Risk Assessment of LMOs & Education and Participation

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Other resources from SCBD and Experts

Webinar Presentations from
11 September

English, French and Spanish
(1.2 MB)

Info graphics from Experts

Poster, Banner and Factsheet (English, French and Spanish)
Entry Into Force of
the Supplmenetary Protocol on Liability and Redress

Media Articles -
CBD News Headlines
(Subject: Cartagna Protocol on Biosafety from 17 September)

*The views expressed in the infographics are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, nor does the publication of these materials constitute endorsement of the materials by the Secretariat or the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.