Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Cartagena Protocol

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international agreement, which aims to ensure the safe handling, transport and use of living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology.

The Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity shall cooperate in the development and/or strengthening of human resources and institutional capacities in biosafety, including biotechnology to the extent that it is required for biosafety, for the purpose of the effective implementation of the Protocol, in developing country Parties, in particular LDCs, SIDs and countries with economies in transition (Article 22).

For the purpose of implementing the paragraph above, the needs of developing countries Parties, in particular LDCs and SIDs, for financial resources and access to and transfer of technology and know-how, shall be taken into account for capacity-building in biosafety.

Utilization by LDCs:

Available smooth transition procedures:


  1. Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety