[Congressional Bills 103th Congress]
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[S. Res. 239 Placed on Calendar Senate (PCS)]

                                                       Calendar No. 513
103d CONGRESS
  2d Session
S. RES. 239

 Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding conditions for continued 
    United States participation under the Convention on Biological 
                               Diversity.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             July 11, 1994

    Mr. Pell, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, reported the 
    following original resolution; which was placed on the calendar

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                               RESOLUTION


 
 Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding conditions for continued 
    United States participation under the Convention on Biological 
                               Diversity.

    Resolved,

SECTION 1. UNITED STATES PARTICIPATION UNDER THE CONVENTION.

    It is the sense of the Senate that, in formulating United States 
participation under the Convention on Biological Diversity, the 
President should ensure that--
            (1) any proposal for funding of United States participation 
        under the Convention includes specific offsets within the 
        United States budget to ensure the United States budgetary 
        deficit is not increased;
            (2) a restructured Global Environmental Facility is the 
        financing mechanism referred to in the Convention;
            (3) further decisions under the Convention provide adequate 
        and effective protections for intellectual property and are not 
        weaker than those provided under the General Agreement on 
        Tariffs and Trade, under United States laws, or under the laws 
        of other developed countries;
            (4) the United States has received a vote in all 
        institutions, organizations, and mechanisms created under the 
        Convention that is commensurate with the level of United States 
        assessed contributions under the Convention;
            (5) the biological safety protocol is submitted to the 
        Senate for its advice and consent to ratification; and
            (6) United States contributions under the Convention are 
        solely dependent upon appropriations by the United States 
        Congress and is not bound by assessments of organizations 
        created under the Convention.

SEC. 2. PRESIDENTIAL REPORT.

    It is the sense of the Senate that the President should provide a 
report one year after the date of entry into force of the Convention, 
and every year thereafter, to the Speaker of the House of 
Representatives and to the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign 
Relations of the Senate outlining the status of United States 
participation under the Convention and specifically explaining the 
status of the following:
            (1) The costs of United States participation under the 
        Convention during the preceding one year period, and the total 
        amount of projected expenditures under the Convention for the 
        subsequent five year period.
            (2) The financing mechanism and whether it includes a 
        restructured Global Environment Facility.
            (3) Whether decisions under the Convention provide adequate 
        and effective protections for intellectual property and, 
        specifically, whether those protections provided under the 
        Convention are weaker than those protections--
                    (A) provided under United States laws,
                    (B) provided in other developed countries, or
                    (C) provided under the Uruguay Round of the General 
                Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
            (4) Whether the United States has received a vote in all 
        aspects of the furtherance of goals under the Convention that 
        is commensurate with the level of United States assessed 
        contributions under the Convention.
            (5) The biological safety protocol and whether it was 
        adopted in consultation with the United States Senate and the 
        United States biotechnology industry.

SEC. 3. DEFINITION.

    As used in this resolution, the term ``Convention'' means the 
Convention on Biological Diversity, signed in New York on June 4, 1993.
                                     





                                                       Calendar No. 513

103d CONGRESS

  2d Session

                              S. RES. 239

_______________________________________________________________________

                               RESOLUTION

 Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding conditions for continued 
    United States participation under the Convention on Biological 
                               Diversity.

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                             July 11, 1994

                         Placed on the calendar