Protocol on Biosafety - A New International Treaty to Address Damage that may Result from Living Modified Organisms Opens for Signature
At a ceremony held today in New York, the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was opened for signature by Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Supplementary Protocol aims to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity by providing international rules and procedures for liability and redress in the event of damage resulting from living modified organisms (LMOs). (...)
The Supplementary Protocol fulfils the commitment set forth in Article 27 of the Cartagena Protocol to elaborate international rules and procedures on liability and redress for damage to biodiversity resulting from transboundary movements of LMOs. It is also inspired by Principle 13 of the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development which calls on States to “cooperate in an expeditious and more determined manner to develop further international law regarding liability and compensation for adverse effects of environmental damage caused by activities within their jurisdiction or control”.
The Supplementary Protocol specifies the measures that need to be taken in response to damage resulting from LMOs that find their origin in a transboundary movement. In the event of damage or sufficient likelihood of damage to biological diversity, a government, through a competent authority, would require the person in control of the LMO, i.e. the operator, to take appropriate response measures, or would take such measures itself with a right of recourse against the operator. (...)
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