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UNPFII side event: The IPBES Global Assessment - Key messages and Indigenous peoples

Event type: Task force
Tuesday, 20 April, 2021

2.00pm-3.15pm CEST (Paris, Madrid) / 8.00am-9.15am EDT (New York)

Organised by

IPBES, the Network of the Centres of Distinction on Indigenous and Local Knowledge, and UNESCO


To join the side event, please register at the link below and we will send you the connection information.


This side event will discuss the IPBES global assessment and its key messages of relevance to indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs). This is also an opportunity for indigenous peoples to discuss the ways that they are communicating and using the assessment in their efforts to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity.


  • To support awareness among indigenous peoples of the IPLC-relevant findings of the global assessment.
  • To discuss and share experiences of the different ways that IPLCs can use and communicate the findings of the global assessment.
  • To record the event so it can be a resource for IPLCs who are interested in working with IPBES materials.


The IPBES global assessment critically assessed the state of knowledge on past, present and possible future trends of the natural world, the social implications of these trends, their direct and indirect causes, and, importantly, the actions that can still be taken to ensure a better future for all. The summary for policymakers (SPM) of the global assessment was approved by the IPBES Plenary at its 7th session in May 2019.

Key messages and background information in the SPM demonstrate the importance of indigenous and local knowledge and IPLCs in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Challenges and ways forward are also addressed.

These key messages and related background information are now presented in a document (available on the IPBES website in English, French and Spanish), which aims to make this information more accessible. The text in the document has been taken directly from the SPM and has not been edited.

IPLCs have been communicating and working with the messages from the global assessment and previous IPBES assessments, to support their activities in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.

The side event is an opportunity for IPBES to recognize the support of the UNPFII during the development of the global assessment and give back the results to the UNPFII community. The initial strategy of the global assessment for working with indigenous and local knowledge was presented to the UNPFII in 2017, and was endorsed by the UNPFII. 

The IPBES Plenary, in decision IPBES-5/1, approved an approach to recognizing and working with indigenous and local knowledge in IPBES (available here), giving IPBES an ambitious and ground-breaking process for bringing indigenous and local knowledge to the core of large-scale assessments. This online side event, undertaken in collaboration with the IPBES task force on capacity-building, is part of the activities undertaken by IPBES to implement this approach. The side event is undertaken in the context of IPBES’ work on indigenous and local knowledge (objective 3b) and capacity-building (objective 2) under the IPBES rolling work programme up to 2030.


The side event will follow principles of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). The aims of the side event and the potential uses for the information gathered will be clearly explained at the outset. Any reports, recordings or products from the meeting will be sent to participants for review and approval.