The IPBES Secretariat will convene, prior to the 4th session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4), a two-day stakeholder meeting (Stakeholder Days), facilitated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and ICSU (International Council for Science)/Future Earth and other volunteers, from 20 to 21 February 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. The Stakeholder Days are open to all members, observers and stakeholders of IPBES, and are organized for a wide range of interested organizations to:

  1. Provide an opportunity to better understand IPBES activities and the way IPBES works;
  2. Discuss stakeholders’ engagement (Decision IPBES-3/4) with a focus on the ways and means to implement an engagement strategy to support the IPBES work programme;
  3. Discuss the structure and functioning of the stakeholders’ network;
  4. Exchange views on different topics listed on the IPBES-4 agenda, including an exchange of views with members of the IPBES Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel;
  5. Develop a collective statement to be delivered at the opening of IPBES-4, on behalf of the participating stakeholders; and
  6. Coordinate action to maximize stakeholders’ input into IPBES-4.  

The sustainable use of biodiversity is fundamental to the well-being of current and future generations, yet the depletion and degradation of natural resources is increasingly destroying the life support systems on which humans depend, i.e. food reserves, fuel, shelter, medicine, drinking water and the surrounding natural environment. How are governments and experts working together through IPBES to address these issues? How can you contribute as an individual or an organisation to the IPBES process, to enrich assessments’ outcomes and contribute to implement recommendations? These and many similar questions will be discussed during the Stakeholder Days.
 
A registration process, separate from IPBES-4, is required to attend the Stakeholder Days. Stakeholders – including countries’ delegates - who want to participate are kindly requested to register here before 5 February 2016, and to contact the IPBES-4 Stakeholder Days project team via email (IPBES4Stakeholderday), should they need more information. Participants are invited to note that no financial support is available, and that an invitation letter can be provided for visa purposes.
 
The event will be held in English without interpretation. In order to assist the organizing team with delivering participants the most relevant and up-to-date information on IPBES, and to offer the best opportunity for a constructive discussion on issues of interest to stakeholders, participants are kindly invited to review the meeting draft agenda here and to send comments via email to IPBES4Stakeholderday by 5 February 2016.