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International agreements

At an international level, intergovernmental relationships are governed by mandatory international treaties and agreements.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international treaty, already adhered to by approximately 200 parties (June 2016). The aim of the CBD is to preserve biological diversity and to enable the sustainable use and equitable sharing of its resources.

The contribution made by biological safety to the protection of biodiversity was considered to be of such great importance that it was given its own protocol under the CBD, the Cartagena Protocol. It regulates the transboundary movement (transport) of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) at a global level by the means of public international law. The aim is to ensure that no adverse effects on biological diversity or human health are caused by the import of GMOs.

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
Convention on Biological Diversity
File does not meet accessibility standards.  Act on the Cartagena Protocol of 29 January 2000 on Biosafety of the Convention on Biological Diversity of 28 October 2003 (in German) (pdf, 381 KB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)
File does not meet accessibility standards.  Act on the Convention of 5 June 1992 on Biological Diversity of 30 August 1993 (in German) (pdf, 4 MB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)

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