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Sep 24, 2010

Kuala Lumpur-Nagoya Supplementary Protocol - New International Treaty that Addresses GM Liabilities

Signatories to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety have approved and adopted a supplemental treaty that addresses liabilities associated with living gene-modified organisms (GMO).  This treaty comes after six years and four previous attempts to resolve this matter. 
The new treaty establishes legally binding international rules for transboundary movements of living GMOs.   Countries importing GMOs have made the producer in the exporting country responsible and liable for any possible damage caused by the imported GMOs. The treaty offers redress, an important issue for developing countries.

If it can be proven that a country imported GMOs that "had negative consequences for the biodiversity of a country and limited economic exploitabilit," that country could demand damages.  To provide proof a country must provide to the Cartagena Protocol relevant information from producers and public authorities.

This treaty will become legally binding once 40 countries have ratified it.  This process begins March 2011 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

For more see: "International GMO Treaty International GMO liability treaty: agreement after six years, GMO Compass, 24 September 2010.

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