Press Conference & Approval of Pollination Summary for Policy Makers

A Way Forward to Protect World’s Invaluable Pollinator Species: Intergovernmental Body Releases Assessment 26 Feb.

IPBES to launch its first major report from Kuala Lumpur;

Media invited to press conference via webcast or in person

Options to the world community for protecting the health of pollinator populations — critical to the global food supply and economy — will be released in a major UN-sponsored assessment this month in Kuala Lumpur.

The UN's Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) — created as a forum to convene world-leading scientists and influential decision-makers — will release its first-ever assessment on 26 February at a press conference during the 4th annual meeting of parties to IPBES.  The press conference can be attended in person or viewed via webcast.

The thematic assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production has major implications for the global food supply and agriculture industry. Pollinators include more than 20,000 species — bees, some species of flies, butterflies, moths, wasps and beetles, as well as birds, bats and other vertebrates.

The assessment will examine a wide range of questions related to pollinators including:

  • what is the role of pollinators in food production?
  • how economically valuable are pollination services?
  • are wild or managed pollinators in decline regionally or globally?
  • if pollinators are in decline what are the implications for food and nutritional security?
  • what would be the economic and social implications of a decline in pollinators?
  • if pollinators are in decline what are the causes?
  • what are the options to protect pollinators and restore pollination services?

At the meeting’s conclusion, on 28 February, the organization will also release an assessment of scenarios and models of biodiversity to help guide future IPBES assessments.  The release will also announce election results for the new IPBES Chair and Bureau members, and plans for a new global assessment.

These are the first IPBES assessments issued since the organization was established in April 2012 and the pollination assessment report represents groundbreaking efforts to better understand and manage a critical element of the global ecosystem. 

Registering for the press conference, requests for interviews and embargoed materials should be sent to media@ipbes.net or online  http://www.ipbes.net/media/accreditation

 

Media Event

Press Conference and Webcast to announce the thematic assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production

When: 18:00h Malaysia time, Friday, 26 February, 2016 (10:00h GMT)

Where: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, room number to be provided the week of Plenary

Webcast access: http://www.ipbes.net/ipbes-4-webcast

Questions may be submitted online: media@ipbes.net

Media Contacts:

Sarah Banda-Genchev, media@ipbes.net,   +601 17 7636 890 / +49 228 815 0576

Lance Ignon, lancei@citizengroup.com,  1-415-793-8851

Nik Sufini Nik Mohamed, sufini@might.org.my,  +6012 230 1003

Terry Collins, tc@tca.tc, +1-416-878-8712

Webcast Access

Press Conference and Webcast to announce the thematic assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production

When: 18:00h Malaysia time, Friday, 26 February, 2016 (10:00h GMT)

Where: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, room number to be provided the week of Plenary

Webcast access: http://www.ipbes.net/ipbes-4-webcast

Questions may be submitted online: media@ipbes.net

Media Registration Protocol

Media representatives who wish to attend the press conference and/or the opening session in person and/or get access to embargo materials must complete the online form available on the IPBES media portal here: http://www.ipbes/media/accreditation. Please ensure that you have scanned copies of your credentials ready when you start filling in the form as the system will not allow you to proceed without uploading these. Credentials should be uploaded in a single file (PDF).

Members of the media are required to have a valid press card, or a valid media accreditation badge for the United Nations in New York, Geneva, Vienna or Nairobi. If you do not have a press card, please submit 3 recent samples of your work in a relevant area.

The deadline for registration for the press conference and opening session is 22 February 2016. 

If the IPBES media team approves your registration application, you will receive an email with your personal log-in details. Please note that due to the high number of requests, this might take a few days.

If you select “Embargo” on the registration form and your application is accepted, you will receive draft highlights from the Summary for Policymakers for the thematic assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production under embargo on 25, February, the day before the approval of the summary for policymakers is announced on 26 February.

Registered media will receive an email alert when the embargo is lifted. The exact time that the embargoed material will be made available will depend on the time the Plenary adopts the assessment report.

Please note that the contents of all embargoed materials will be subject to change and must be checked against the final versions.

Attention: By selecting Embargo, you are agreeing not to in any way publish or air any of the findings from the Summary for Policymakers or any other accompanying documents marked “Embargoed” prior to being notified that the embargo has been lifted. Failure to adhere to the conditions will result in that journalist or media outlet being excluded from future embargo arrangements.

Access to Opening Ceremony and Press Conference Venue

In order to get access to the opening ceremony and press conference venue, you will need to pick up your press badge at the media registration desk at the registration desk on the 3rd Floor at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The desk will be open at the following times:

  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday, February 20, 2016
  • 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday, February 21, 2016
  • 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday, February 22, 2016
  • 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Tuesday, February 23, 2016
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Thursday, February 25, 2016
  • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Friday, February 26, 2016
  • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday, February 27, 2016

To facilitate the process, please bring with you the original credentials that you submitted with your request and your passport or a valid ID.

Requests for interviews

Registered members of the media may request 15-minute interviews with selected IPBES members associated with the pollination assessment directly following the press conference from 4:30 – 8:30 pm, local time, 26 February.

You may also request 15-minute interviews with selected IPBES members associated with the scenarios and modeling assessment directly following the issuance of the related press release, from 3 pm to 6 pm local time, 28 February. 

Requests for interviews can be sent to media@ipbes.net.  Please include:

Your name:

Contact information:

The name of your news outlet:

The type of news outlet (Print, radio, television/video):

In person or telephone interview:

First, second and third choices for interview times.  Interviews will be held every 15 minutes starting at the top of the hour.

Name of person to interview:

Those available for interviews related to the pollination assessment include:

  • Prof. Simon Potts, Deputy Director, Food Security, University of Reading, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, UK, co-chair of the assessment;
  • Prof. Vera Lucia Imperatriz Fonseca, Ecosystems and Pollination Researcher at Instituto de Estudos Avançados da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, co-chair of the assessment;
  • Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia and Chairman of the National Professors Council and Chair of IPBES;
  • Sir Robert Watson, Director of Strategic Development at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at UEA, visiting professor at the Monash Sustainability Institute at Monash University, vice-chair of IPBES;
  • Dr. Anne Larigauderie, IPBES Executive Secretary; and

 

Those available for interviews related to the scenarios and models assessment include:

  • Dr. Simon Ferrier, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia, co-chair of the assessment;
  • Prof. Ninan Karachepone, Chairperson of the Centre for Economics, Environment and Society in Bangalore, India, co-chair of the assessment;
  • Prof. Paul Leadley, Professor of Ecology, Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay, France;
  • Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia and Chair of IPBES;
  • Dr. Anne Larigauderie, IPBES Executive Secretary; and
  • Ivar Baste, Directorate for the Environment, Norway and member of the Bureau of IPBES.

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