Ambassador Wittig signs the Nagoya Protocol

Jun 23, 2011

"The German ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Peter Wittig, signed the "Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Ressources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of benefits arising from their Utilization" to the Convention on Biological Diversity on 23 June in New York.

The Nagoya Protocol is a new international treaty adopted under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)  in Nagoya, Japan on October 29, 2010. Its objective is the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic ressources, thereby contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and to implementing the three objectives of the CBD (conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use of components of biodiversity, fair and equitable sharing of benefits).

The Protocol will enter into force when 50 countries have ratfied it. Germany, together with 11 other EU Member States has signed the Protocol on 23 June 2011, bringing the overall number of signatories to 36."

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