On August 1, 2012, on behalf of itself and several other ministries, Uruguay’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs submitted a document to the General Assembly (Uruguay’s bicameral legislative body), seeking consideration and approval of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization. C.E. No. 194080 (Aug. 1, 2012).
The Nagoya Protocol is a supplemental agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity. It was adopted on October 29, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, and will enter into force 90 days after the fiftieth instrument of ratification.
Uruguay signed the Nagoya Protocol on July 19, 2011. Although 91 other countries have done the same, as of today’s date, there have been only five ratifications.