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150 United Nations — Treaty Series • Nations Unies — Recueil des Traités 1993

CONVENTION[1] ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY


Preamble


 The Contracting Parties.
 Conscious of the intrinsic value of biological diversity and of the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic values of biological diversity and its components.
 Conscious also of the importance of biological diversity for evolution and for maintaining life sustaining systems of the biosphere.
 Affirming that the conservation of biological diversity is a common concern of humankind.
 Reaffirming that States have sovereign rights over their own biological resources,
  1. :Came into force on 29 December 1993, i.e., the ninetieth day after the date of deposit with the Secretary-General of the United Nations of the thirtieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, in accordance with article 36 (1):
    Participant Date of deposit

    of the instrument
    of ratification,
    accession (a)
    or acceptance (A)

    Antigua and Barbuda.................................................................................................... 9 March 1993
    Armenia .......................................................................................................................... 14 May 1993 A
    Australia......................................................................................................................... 18 June 1993
    Bahamas......................................................................................................................... 2 September 1993
    Belarus........................................................................................................................... 8 September 1993
    Burkina Faso.................................................................................................................. 2 September 1993
    Canada........................................................................................................................... 4 December 1992
    China.............................................................................................................................. 5 January 1993
    Cook Islands.................................................................................................................. 20 April 1993
    Ecuador.......................................................................................................................... 23 February 1993
    Fiji................................................................................................................................... 25 February 1993
    Guinea............................................................................................................................ 7 May 1993
    Japan............................................................................................................................... 28 May 1993 A
    Maldives......................................................................................................................... 9 November 1992
    Marshall Islands ............................................................................................................ 8 October 1992
    Mauritius........................................................................................................................ 4 September 1992
    Mexico............................................................................................................................ 11 March 1993
    Monaco.......................................................................................................................... 20 November 1992
    Mongolia........................................................................................................................ 30 September 1993
    New Zealand.................................................................................................................. 16 September 1993
    Norway.......................................................................................................................... 9 July 1993
    Papua New Guinea*...................................................................................................... 16 March 1993
    Peru................................................................................................................................. 7 June 1993
    Saint Kitts and Nevis.................................................................................................... 7 January 1993
    Saint Lucia..................................................................................................................... 28 July 1993 a
    Seychelles...................................................................................................................... 22 September 1992
    Tunisia............................................................................................................................ 15 July 1993
    Uganda........................................................................................................................... 8 September 1993
    Vanuatu.......................................................................................................................... 25 March 1993
    Zambia........................................................................................................................... 28 May 1993