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Monitoring and Reporting

Article 33 of the Biosafety Protocol requires Parties to monitor implementation of their obligations under the Protocol and to report to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP) on measures taken to implement the Protocol. More>>

At its ninth meeting, COP-MOP, through decision CP-9/5, adopted the reporting format for the fourth national report and requested Parties and invited other Governments to submit the fourth national report on the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, setting out the modalities for doing so.

The COP-MOP also accepted the invitation of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, contained in COP decision 14/27, and decided to have a synchronized national reporting cycle commencing in 2023.

At its eighth meeting, the COP-MOP, in decision CP-VIII/14, expressed concern about the lower rate of submission of the third national reports in comparison to the previous reporting cycle and requested the Compliance Committee to explore the reasons for the lower rate of submissions. The COP-MOP urged Parties that had not yet submitted their third national report to do so as soon as possible. The Secretariat was requested to develop a revised format for the fourth national reports with a view to ensuring complete and accurate information is captured while maintaining the applicability of baseline information by improving the formulation of questions for clarity, eliminating redundancy, and adding questions to address the mainstreaming of biosafety into national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and to submit the revised format for review by the Subsidiary Body on Implementation and for consideration by the COP-MOP at its ninth meeting.

At its thirteenth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in decision XIII/27, requested the Executive Secretary, in consultation with the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties, to develop, subject to subsequent endorsement by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meetings of the Parties to the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols, proposals for the alignment of national reporting under the Convention and its Protocols, and to report on progress to the Subsidiary Body on Implementation at its second meeting.