Biotech Updates

Mexico Ratifies the Nagoya Protocol

June 1, 2012

Mexico, known as one of the megadiverse countries in the world, is the fifth country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD's Executive Secretary, said: "Mexico's ratification is a significant milestone on the road to the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol. It is exciting to see that one of the megadiverse countries of the world has taken this step in support of the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources. I urge other Parties to the Convention to ratify as soon as possible."

The Protocol will be implemented 90 days after the 50 countries have completed the ratification process. Aside from Mexico, Seychelles, Rwanda, Gabon, and Jordan have ratified the Protocol.

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