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20th Anniversary of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

September 11 2023, marks the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety under the theme “20 Years of the Safe Use of Biotechnology”.

As the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety enters its 20th year of implementation, we can celebrate a number of successes achieved at the national, regional and international level, including the recent adoption of the Implementation Plan and the Capacity-building Action Plan for the Cartagena Protocol at the tenth meeting of the Parties (COP-MOP 10). These plans are anchored in and complementary to the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and its Long-Term Strategic Framework for Capacity-Building and Development.

A series of events and activities will be convened to focus to highlight achievements, exchange perspectives and identify opportunities for strengthening implementation.

Key activities

• A Webinar to mark the event on 11 September 2023 with the participation of representatives from Parties and Organizations (see Notification: 2023-089, Schedule, and Webinar Recording)

• Reception to mark the 20th Anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 19 October 2023, Nairobi, Kenya (Photos (end of page))

• A Global Risk Assessment Workshop on 30-31 October 2023 (see Notification: 2023-084, Meeting page and Group photo)

• A 20th anniversary logo is available for use (see above)

• Promotional video clip and articles and presentations on this webpage

• UNEP/CBD 20th Anniversary Side Event at the Sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6), 29 February 2024 (see Programme page)


Articles and Presentations


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Press conference COP-MOP 9
Signing Ceremony for the Supplementary Protocol on ...
President Moi of Kenya, the first to sign the Protocol
During the adoption of the Protocol, Chairman Extraordinary ...

Key Biosafety Links

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, Outreach and the New BCH Platform

The Global Biodiversity Framework and the Implementation Plan for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Key Outcomes under biosafety issues

Assessment and Review



Financial mechanism

Sampling, detection and identification of LMOs

Risk assessment of LMOs

Social-economic considerations