Latest news from the Secretariat of the CBD
- Opening statement by Ms. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation Workshop on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, 28 January 2019
- Statement of the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Dr. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations, on the occasion of the Official Launch of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 28 January 2019
- It is with great regret and deepest sadness that we convey news of the untimely death of Dr Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). Among his numerous achievements is the strengthened collaboration among the biodiversity-related conventions towards common objectives. His loss will be felt by each of them. He was an extraordinary advocate and champion for the environment, and a kind and wonderful human. His friends and colleagues at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity would like to express their deepest sympathy to his family and to all staff at the CMS Secretariat.
When did the Convention on Biological Diversity come into force?
The Convention was opened for signature at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, the "Earth Summit", in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) on 5 June 1992.
The Convention entered into force on 29 December 1993, 90 days after the 30th ratification, as stated in its article 36. It has now been ratified by 190 parties (189 countries and the European Community).
Belgium signed the Convention on Biological Diversity on 5 June 1992, the first day of the opening for signature of the Convention during the UN Conference at Rio de Janeiro. It ratified the Convention on 22 November 1996. In accordance to article 36 of the Convention, it entered into force in our country 90 days later, on 20 February 1997.
To know more about the countries which have ratified the Convention, visit the website maintained by the CBD Secretariat.