The successful implementation of IPBES' capacity-building rolling plan relies on support from, and collaboration with, the wide range of institutions interested in or already conducting capacity-building activities supporting the IPBES work programme and addressing the identified priority capacity-building needs approved by the IPBES Plenary. The IPBES capacity-building forum is a key vehicle for increasing this collaboration.

The capacity-building forum aims to facilitate engagement, build cooperation and further enhance collaboration among strategic partners and contributing supporters for the implementation and development of IPBES' capacity-building rolling plan. Work under the forum seeks to advance the common agendas of strategic partners and contributing supporters, and at facilitating longer term strategic alignments of relevant ongoing programmes and activities. Strategic partners and contributing supporters taking part in the forum will be invited to: periodically provide feedback on the orientation of the rolling plan for capacity-building and the programmes and initiatives it contains; make offers of technical and financial support which could support implementation of the plan and be reflected in it; and consider the modalities for future work under the auspices of the forum, including the modalities of future meetings of the forum.

Three meetings of the capacity-building forum have been conducted to date:

  • The first meeting was organised in Dehradun, India, 19-22 October 2015 with the generous support of the Wildlife Institute of India.
  • The second meeting was organised in the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York 23 September 2016 with the generous support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • The third meeting was organised in Paris 25-26 September 2018 with the generous support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).