European Union implementation of Nagoya Protocol bolstered by recent ratification of Germany
Germany is the latest country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, bringing the total number of ratifications to 74. This includes 73 countries and the European Union (EU), which ratified the Protocol in May 2014.
Montreal, 22 April 2016
congratulate the Government of Germany and look forward to more ratifications
from the EU group and other developed countries and emerging economies in the
coming months,” said Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). "The recent action by Germany also
moves us closer to reaching our goal of 100 ratifications before the important
meetings of the Convention and its Protocols to be held in Mexico later this
year.” He recalled that the European Union has been very supportive of the
Nagoya Protocol, both during the negotiations and now in its implementation
phase. In particular, the financial support of the EU has been instrumental in
making the ABS Clearing-House operational.
Out of the
28 member countries to the European Union, seven have now ratified it (Croatia,
Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom).
Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building
and Nuclear Safety, deposited the instrument of ratification of Germany with
the Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York, on 21 April 2016. As
provided for in its Article 33, the Nagoya Protocol will enter into force in
Germany on 20 July 2016.
Nagoya Protocol is a supplementary agreement to the CBD and a key element in the
global framework for sustainable development. It builds on the access and
benefit-sharing provisions of the CBD by establishing predictable conditions
for access to genetic resources and by helping to ensure the fair and equitable
sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of these resources.
commitment of the EU and Germany to the Nagoya Protocol represents a big step
in advancing the fair and equitable sharing of benefits. The Nagoya Protocol
provides a legal framework which can contribute to transparency and clarity for
the various stakeholders involved in access and benefit sharing agreements. In
Germany and the European Union, these stakeholders can include research
institutions, botanical gardens and collections, pharmaceutical and cosmetic
companies, biotechnology companies, and the agriculture and horticulture
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