11 September 2018 marked the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
At its 15th anniversary, a number of key successes achieved under the Biosafety Protocol are to be noted such as the a fully operational Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) as well as regional and numerous national BCH websites through which Parties and other stakeholders exchange a wealth of information on biosafety. The recent entry into force of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress is another noteworthy milestone to be celebrated at the Biosafety Protocol’s 15th anniversary.
Other important developments towards more effective biosafety systems are also to be noted. For example the growing experience by Parties in carrying out risk assessments and managing risks associated with the use, handling and transboundary movement of living modified organisms (LMOs). Parties have also made important progress in the context of public awareness, education and public participation at the national level. At the Protocol’s 15th anniversary, the instrumental role of the Compliance Committee in supporting Parties to implement the Biosafety Protocol and comply with their obligations should also be marked.