Dear Stakeholder Forum on IPBES,
Following the previous post, a landmark meeting of IPBES-2 has opened in Antalya, Turkey.
There, from 9-14 December 2013, 115 member governments of the Platform are expected to put in place the first IPBES work programme 2014-2018 and agree on the stakeholder engagement strategy, among other issues.
Here are the first highlights with regards to stakeholder engagement so far:
· Participants of the IPBES Stakeholder Days (held immediately prior to IPBES-2) have delivered a Common Statement at the IPBES-2 opening and during a side event presented to IPBES-2 delegates concrete recipes for IPBES success in communication, stakeholder engagement and outreach; see the full statement, side event presentations and recipes here;
· Global media have reported on the IPBES-2 meeting with a particular focus on the role of indigenous and traditional knowledge in conservation; for example, Reuters.
Those who have not seen it yet, IISD Reporting Services are providing daily live coverage of the IPBES-2 meeting here.
I’d like to use this channel to inform you about the progress towards IPBES-2, the second plenary meeting of IPBES.
You will find all documents that support this meeting at: http://ipbes.net/plenary/ipbes-2-documents.html
The meeting should see the adoption of the first work program of IPBES and I attach for your ease of reading a one-page summary of the draft that is submitted. The related official documents are IPBES/2/2 and IPBES/2/2Add1.
A stakeholder consultation will be held on 7 and 8 December before the opening of the session. Many observers will attend and share their views on the draft program and on procedures pending adoption, including IUCN (you will find our position paper at http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/global_policy/gpu_our_work/ipbes/ipbes_and_iucn/vision/)
Good reading! We count on your interest to contribute to this process!
Science and Knowledge Unit
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
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