UN chief hails new global rules for sharing genetic resources

08:21, November 02, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed a new "landmark" set of ground rules for equitable access to genetic resources, his spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement.

The new protocol on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources (ABS) was adopted Saturday morning at the Convention on Biological Diversity, which was held in Nagoya, Japan.

Nesirky said that Ban called the new protocol "an innovative approach to conserving and protecting the world's rapidly diminishing living resources, while providing benefits to all, in particular, local communities in developing countries."

"The secretary-general said the landmark treaty was a positive step in efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and demonstrated that countries were committed to pragmatic cooperation in meeting the challenges of sustainable development," said Nesirky, referring to the UN eight anti-poverty targets to be reached by 2015.

According to Nesirky, Ban also welcomed a new 10-year plan adopted in Nagoya by 193 countries that aims to preserve biodiversity into the future.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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