The Convention on Biological Diversity
(CBD) expresses the acute need of the global community to move toward
sustainable development. "It represents a dramatic step forward in the
conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components
and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of
genetic resources". The Convention was opened for joining at 5 June 1992
at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (the Rio
"Earth Summit"). Since that time 175 countries have joined the Convention.
More information about the Convention on Biological Diversity could be
found on CBD site.
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