Convened by the interim IPBES Secretariat at UNEP in coordination with FAO, UNDP and UNESCO, and co-facilitated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Science (ICSU), this edition was held over two days on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December in Antalya, Turkey.
The meeting aimed at:
1. Providing first-time IPBES Plenary participants with an opportunity to understand the way IPBES works;
2. Discussing the engagement of stakeholders in IPBES, with a focus on the ways and means to implement the stakeholder engagement strategy to support the implementation of the work programme of IPBES;
3. Exchanging views on the different topics on the agenda of IPBES-2, having a dedicated exchange of views with representatives of the Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of IPBES and drawing out elements for a collective statement to be delivered at the opening of the session on behalf of interested observer organisations.
This meeting was open to all Observers to IPBES-2, including States, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, United Nations Programmes or Agencies, as well as Admitted Intergovernmental Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations, and IPBES Member States representatives. In total, more than 160 people registered for the meeting.
The agenda for the event can be found here.
Background documents for the meeting included:
- considerations for the further development of a Stakeholder Engagement Plan. This documents aims at articulating all the elements contained in the documentation provided for IPBES-2 that pertain to stakeholder engagement with the goal to advance the development of a stakeholder engagement plan that will operationalize the stakeholder engagement strategy supporting the implementation of the Platform's work programme.
The summary reports for the two days are available here (day 1, day 2) as well as the joint stakeholder statement made during the opening of IPBES-2 coordinated during the event.
Pan European stakeholder consultation conference to support the IPBES intersessional process in 2013
A Pan-European stakeholder consultation to support the intersessional process of IPBES was be held from 16 -18 July, 2013 in Leipzig, Germany, jointly organized by the German Network Forum for Biodiversity Research (NeFo) and funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research) and other national European biodiversity platforms.
More on the meeting and its outcomes here.
See also the video produced at the meeting.
At the first session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-1), Members invited the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Nature (ICSU) to "work with relevant stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and local communities, and the private sector, and with the secretariat, to prepare, in consultation with the Bureau and the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, a draft stakeholder engagement strategy for supporting the implementation of the work programme".
Following the online survey, IUCN and ICSU co-organised a workshop that was held on 29 and 30 April in Paris. Participants collaboratively produced a first version of a draft stakeholder engagement strategy to support the implementation of the IPBES work programme that will be reviewed by the IPBES Bureau and the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel and subsequently be available for online review from 17 June 2013.
The following documents were made available at the meeting:
- Proposed steps for the development of the draft strategy
- Analysis of the online survey results
-Background information (also containing documents on best stakeholder engagement practices in international environmental governance)
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Science (ICSU) were invited by the first session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-1) to work in consultation with stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and local communities and the private sector, on the preparation of a draft stakeholder engagement strategy that will support the implementation of the IPBES work programme.
In order to inform the development of the first draft of the strategy, a survey has been set-up to gather views on stakeholder engagement in IPBES. Following an open government and stakeholder review of this draft, the strategy will be updated and presented to the next session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-2) for consideration.
The deadline for completing the survey is 14 April 2013. Please fill in only one questionnaire per organisation.
Further information on stakeholder engagement is IPBES is available in this note.
A Stakeholder Forum on IPBES has been created and is moderated by IUCN. The Stakeholder Forum on IPBES is a new email discussion group for everyone interested in advancing the involvement of scientists, conservation organizations, businesses and other civil society actors in IPBES.
The Forum aims to help discovering the role that civil society can play in shaping IPBES and defining its goals.
Please feel free to join it.
Presentations made during the day included:
- an introduction to the intersessional process leading to IPBES-1: " From Panama to Bonn" by UNEP
- a presentation by IUCN on their support to IPBES
- a presentation by SCB on their experience and proposed contribution to IPBES
During the event, stakeholders crafted a joint statement that was shared with the IPBES plenary on Monday 21 January. Informal meetings during the week also led the group to make a final statement on the last day of IPBES-1.