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Stakeholder day prior to IPBES-3

We would like to inform interested stakeholders that the stakeholder day prior to IPBES-3 will be held on Sunday 11 January 2015. Those wishing to participate are kindly requested to ask the organizations they represent to follow the accreditation and registration procedures for observer organizations and fill out the registration form found on the IPBES website:

Organizations that were granted observer status for IPBES-2 do not to need to re-submit any documents. However, they will still
need to fill out the registration form on the IPBES website and respond to the question "Was your organisation represented in previous IPBES Plenaries?" by ticking the box "Yes". Organizations that were not granted observer status for IPBES-2 would need to tick the box "No" when responding to the same question and provide the necessary information. The Bureau will then review the list of those expressing their wish to be represented at IPBES-3 as observers, upon submission of such list by the secretariat. The deadline for accreditation and registration of observer organizations is 15 September 2014.

Comments invited on priority needs for capacity building

The task force on capacity building held a meeting in Trondheim, Norway, on 21-23 May 2014 and identified a set of priority needs for capacity building. Comments to this draft document can be sent by 13 September 2014 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

IPBES side event at the UNCBD COP 12

The IPBES secretariat, with the support of UNEP-WCMC will hold a side event during the the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to provide details regarding the progress in implementing the IPBES work programme. Last December, the IPBES Plenary agreed a work programme for the period 2014-2018, and agreed the budget for the first two years. The intention of this side event is to brief participants on the progress made to date in implementing the IPBES work programme, and on what can be expected in the coming months and years. Opportunity will be provided for participants to discuss further how the work of IPBES can most effectively contribute to implementation of the CBD at all levels. The side event will be held on Wednesday 8 October 2014 at 18:15 (Hall F, Room 1 - Business Meeting Room).

List of experts nominated for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel

The Platform has received nominations of experts for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP). The names, curricula vitae and the identity of the member state or observer state making the nominations are available here.

Regional groupings are invited to inform the Secretariat of their provisional candidates for MEP nomination no later than 30 September 2014. More information about the selection and election process can be found in the revised guidance document on the nomination and selection process for members of the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) from 24 July 2014.


A year in the life of a MEP member

The co-chairs of the interim MEP have prepared a short document, entitled "A year in the life of a MEP member" to inform prospective MEP candidates about the significant commitment that this mandate entails. This one-page document represents the views of the co-chairs and is presented as a complement to the document on "Lessons learned from the interim MEP - March 2013-March 2014" circulated previously in response to a request from the Plenary (Decision 2/2).