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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 descending Country Session of admission Organization Type
ALTER-Net/INBO Belgium IPBES 3 Plenary
Alterra-Wageningen University and Research Centre Netherlands (Kingdom of the) IPBES 1 Plenary
Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization Brazil IPBES 10 Plenary
Ambivium Institute on Security and Cooperation United States of America IPBES 6 Plenary
American Museum of Natural History United States of America IPBES 1 Plenary
Amis de l'Afrique Francophone- Benin Benin IPBES 6 Plenary
Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems - European Research Infrastructure Consortium France IPBES 9 Plenary
Anatrack Ltd United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland IPBES 5 Plenary
Appalachian State University United States of America IPBES 10 Plenary
Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF) India IPBES 5 Plenary
ARCMED Spain IPBES 2 Plenary
Articulação Nacional de Agroecologia do Brasil (National Articulation of Agroecology in Brazil) Brazil IPBES 7 Plenary
ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity Philippines
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment India IPBES 10 Plenary
Asia-Pacific network for Global Change Research Japan IPBES 2 Plenary
Associação BIOPOLIS Portugal IPBES 10 Plenary
Association Congolaise pour la Préservation de l’Environnement et le Développement Communautaire Mexico IPBES 5 Plenary
Association Congolaise pour le Developpement Agricole (ACDA) Congo IPBES 9 Plenary
Association de l'Education Environnementale pour les Futures Générations Tunisia IPBES 5 Plenary
Association des Femmes Africaines Intègres pour la Recherche et le Développement (AFAIRD) Cameroon IPBES 7 Plenary