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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 9 would be among those admitted to IPBES 10 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 10 by 26 May 2023. Please refer to notification EM/2023/04. 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 descending Country Session of admission Organization Type
Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration Canada IPBES 2 Plenary
Action Jeunesse pour le Développement Congo IPBES 2 Plenary
Administrative Staff College of India India IPBES 5 Plenary
Africa Climate and Environment Foundation Cameroon IPBES 10 Plenary
African Biodiversity Network Kenya IPBES 1 Plenary
African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development Nigeria IPBES 2 Plenary
African Development Association Cameroon IPBES 3 Plenary
African Wildlife Foundation Kenya IPBES 9 Plenary
Agence Française de Développement France IPBES 7 Plenary
Agence Française pour la biodiversité France IPBES 7 Plenary
Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds Germany
Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats Germany
Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas Germany
Agriculture and Forestry University Nepal Nepal IPBES 7 Plenary
AGROAMB PRODALT SL Spain IPBES 9 Plenary
Agroambientalistas Colombia IPBES 6 Plenary
Ahmadu Bello University Nigeria IPBES 5 Plenary
Aix-Marseille University France IPBES 4 Plenary
Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute Canada IPBES 8 Plenary
Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research Germany IPBES 10 Plenary