The Convention on Biological Diversity constitutes a historic commitment: it is the first treaty concluded at the global level which addresses in a way all aspects of biological diversity, i.e. not only the protection of species but also that of ecosystems and genetic heritage, as well as the sustainable use of natural resources. Finally, the Convention is also the first to recognize that the conservation of biological diversity is "a common concern of mankind" and is an integral part of sustainable socio-economic development.
Some landmarks on the Convention:
- Opening for signature at the "Earth Summit", in Rio, on June 5, 1992.
- Entered into force on December 29, 1993, 90 days after the 30th ratification.
- Signatory countries: 188 countries, including the Union of the Comoros.
|CBD, Article 18-3|
|The text of the Convention in English|
|The text of the Convention in French|
|Convention portal site|
|All you want to know about the Convention: frequently asked questions.|