First Plenary Meeting of Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

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At the first session of the plenary meeting on IPBES, it is expected that government representatives will consider the draft principles and procedures governing the work of IPBES, its governance structure, processes for nomination and selection of host institution(s) and host country for the platform, and initial elements of the work programme.
IPBES will be an interface between the scientific community and policy makers that aims to build capacity for and strengthen the use of science in policy making.
Although there are many organizations and initiatives that contribute to the science policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services, there is no ongoing global mechanism recognized by both the scientific and policy communities that brings information together and synthesizes and analyses it for decision making in a range of policy fora such as the global environmental conventions and development policy dialogues.

IPBES will be the mechanism that addresses the gaps in the science policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Specific discussions on IPBES started following the final meeting of the multi-stakeholder international steering committee for the consultative process on an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB) in November 2007. The consultation towards IMoSEB decided to invite the Executive Director of UNEP - in collaboration with governments and other partners - to convene an intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder meeting to consider the establishment of an intergovernmental mechanism for biodiversity and ecosystem services. There was also consensus among the stakeholders involved in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) follow-up initiative that the follow up to the IMoSEB process and the MA follow-up process should merge. It was the coming together of the MA follow up process with the follow up to the IMoSEB consultations that led to the present process on IPBES.

Three intergovernmental and multistakeholders meetings (Malaysia 2008, Kenya 2009, Republic of Korea 2010) were held to discuss ways to strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services. At the first two meetings, the gaps and needs for strengthening the science policy interface were identified, and at the meeting in June 2010, in Busan, Republic of Korea, governments decided that an IPBES should be established, what the focus of its work programme should be, and agreed on many of the principles of its operation as part of the Busan Outcome.

The Busan Outcome was welcomed by the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya in October 2010, and was subsequently considered at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). UNGA passed a resolution requesting UNEP to convene a plenary meeting to fully operationalize IPBES at the earliest opportunity. This resolution was then taken on board by UNEP in a decision at the 26th session of the UNEP Governing Council meeting, held in February 2011.

In response to these decisions, UNEP is cooperating with UNESCO, FAO, UNDP and other organizations to convene a plenary meeting in order to fully operationalize IPBES.


Type of Event Interagency meeting
Start 03.10.2011 09:00 local time
End 07.10.2011 09:00 local time
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Focal point Kalonji, Gretchen
Organizer UNEP
Contact Salvatore Arico,
Country Kenya
City Nairobi
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian
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