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Observer organization

Conventions, multilateral organizations, United Nations bodies and specialized agencies and other organizations that have been approved as observers at previous sessions

Who can become an observer?

An interim procedure set out in paragraph 22 of the report of its first session (IPBES/1/12) has been applied to admit observers at previous sessions. Observers admitted to IPBES 1 to IPBES 10 would be among those admitted to IPBES 11 The interim procedure provides that any body or organization qualified in matters covered by the Platform should inform the secretariat of the Platform of its wish to be represented at sessions of the Plenary. This information is provided to the secretariat during the registration process for participation at Plenary sessions.

Why become an observer?

The rules of procedure for sessions of the Plenary of IPBES provide for the participation of observers in sessions of the Plenary. Observers may, upon the invitation of the Chair, participate in the Plenary without the ability to cast votes or join or block consensus.

How to become an observer?

Organizations should notify the secretariat of their wish to be represented at sessions of the Plenary through the registration of IPBES 11. More information with timelines will be shared once registration is open. The Bureau will review the list of those who expressed their wish to be represented at the session of the Plenary as observers, make recommendations on the admission of new observers, and communicate those recommendations to members of the Platform at least eight weeks before the opening of the second session of the Plenary. If there are concerns among some members of the Platform regarding the request by a body or organization for its admission to be observer of the Plenary, the Bureau will inform the body or organization of such concerns. a member of the Platform may reject the admission of a body or an organization to be an observer of the Plenary, and such rejection will stand unless overruled by two-thirds majority of the members of the Platform present and voting.

Accredited Organizations

Organization Sort ascending Country Session of admission Organization Type
Zoological Survey of India India IPBES 6 Plenary
Zoï Environment Network Switzerland IPBES 1 Plenary
Yunnan Academy of Social Science China IPBES 5 Plenary
YPFB Petroandina SAM Bolivia (Plurinational State of) IPBES 6 Plenary
Youth4Nature Canada IPBES 9 Plenary
Youth Environmental Council (Jongerenmilieuraad) Netherlands (Kingdom of the) IPBES 9 Plenary
Youth Council in Action for Nation Nepal IPBES 10 Plenary
Youth Action International (YAI) Liberia IPBES 2 Plenary
Young Ecosystem Services Specialists (YESS) Netherlands (Kingdom of the) IPBES 6 Plenary
York University Canada IPBES 10 Plenary
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Switzerland IPBES 1 Plenary
World Resources Institute India India IPBES 9 Plenary
World Organisation for Animal Health France IPBES 9 Plenary
World Health Organisation Switzerland IPBES 8 Plenary
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Switzerland IPBES 1 Plenary
World Academy of Art and Science United States of America IPBES 2 Plenary
Woodland Trust United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland IPBES 5 Plenary
Wolf Lake First Nation Canada IPBES 5 Plenary
Williams College United States of America IPBES 3 Plenary
William and Mary Law School United States of America IPBES 7 Plenary