UN aims for biodiversity treaty by July 2012

An aerial photograph shows a riverway in West Kalimantan on Indonesian Borneo island. A global treaty on the harvesting of genetic resources will probably be ratified by July 2012, the UN executive secretary on biological diversity has said (AFP/File/Romeo Gacad)

AFP
Tue May 31, 10:42 am ET
by Staff

MANILA (AFP) – A global treaty on the harvesting of genetic resources will probably be ratified by July 2012, the UN executive secretary on biological diversity said Tuesday.

So far, 25 countries have signed the Nagoya Protocol but 193 countries committed to support it when it was adopted in October 2010, said UN official Ahmed Djoghlaf.

“By July 2012, 50 will have ratified,” said Djoghlaf at the sidelines of a biodiversity forum in the Philippines.

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