The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international agreement established by the United Nations. Its aim is to preserve biological diversity around the world. Belgium became a CBD member during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, in 1992.
The CBD has three main objectives: to conserve biodiversity, to enhance its sustainable use and to ensure an equitable sharing of benefits linked to the exploitation of genetic resources.
The Convention puts much emphasis on the exchange of information and the cooperation between countries. To help these processes, the CBD has set up an international network of partners called the Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM). This website contributes to the CHM network by illustrating what Belgium is doing in the framework of the CBD.
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Latest news from the Secretariat of the CBD
- I would like to thank Ms. Naoko Ishii for inviting me to brief the Council on the recent developments under the Convention on Biological Diversity. As you may be aware, I started my tenure as the Executive Secretary of the Convention just two months ago, and it is my pleasure to be here today to address you in my new capacity.
- In today's global celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity, under the theme of 'Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism', people are examining the positive but also potentially negative impacts that tourism can have on biodiversity.
- On the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity, Japan became 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 99.