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The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity was adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on 29 January 2000. In accordance with its Article 36, the Protocol was opened for signature at the United Nations Office at Nairobi by States and regional economic integration organizations from 15 to 26 May 2000, and has remained open for signature at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 June 2000 to 4 June 2001.

The Protocol has entered into force on Thursday 11 September 2003, ninetien day after the date of deposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession by States or regional economic integration organizations that are Parties to the Convention.

Belgium has signed the Protocol on 24 May 2000. [More information]

The ratification process in Belgium has been performed at all institutional levels (Federal, Regions and Communities). The instrument of ratification was deposited at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 15 April 2004.
The Protocol has entered into force for Belgium, on 14 July 2004.
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