The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international agreement established by the United Nations. Its aim is to preserve biological diversity around the world. Belgium became a CBD member during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, in 1992.
The CBD has three main objectives: to conserve biodiversity, to enhance its sustainable use and to ensure an equitable sharing of benefits linked to the exploitation of genetic resources.
The Convention puts much emphasis on the exchange of information and the cooperation between countries. To help these processes, the CBD has set up an international network of partners called the Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM). This website contributes to the CHM network by illustrating what Belgium is doing in the framework of the CBD.
Latest news from the Secretariat of the CBD
- Statement by David Cooper, Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of the Soil Day, 5 December 2023
- Governments advance discussions on a multilateral mechanism to share benefits from the use of digital sequence information on genetic resources
- Closing statement by the Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, David Cooper, for the twelfth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Intersessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention, Geneva, 16 November 2023