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The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international agreement which aims to ensure the safe handling, transport and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology that may have adverse effects on biological diversity, taking also into account risks to human health. It was adopted on 29 January 2000 and entered into force on 11 September 2003.
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Number of Parties: 170

Latest Ratifications: Côte d'Ivoire (Mar 12 2015) State of Palestine (Jan 2 2015)

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Collection of feedback on existing capacity and experiences in using the BCH
Online Forum on the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
Results of the survey to gather information corresponding to indicators in the Strategic Plan
Results of the testing of the Guidance on Risk Assessment of LMOs
10th Anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol

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Second National Report
Strategic Plan for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
A video on the Cartagena Protocol
Watch a video on the Cartagena Protocol
Open-ended Online Expert Forum on Risk Assessment and Risk Management

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