Belgium signs Nagoya Protocol on biological resources
At a signing ceremony organized in New York on 20 September at the margins of the high-level event on desertification of the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly, 12 more countries signed the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization. Belgium was one of these countries.
In all, these twelve signatories join 42 others that have previously given their commitment to take steps towards ratifying the Protocol. More countries are expected to add their signatures before the end of the week.
The Nagoya Protocol will enter into force 90 days after deposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification. The pace established by today’s signatures points to a clear momentum towards the early entry into force of the Protocol by the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, scheduled for October 2012.