The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) invites you to apply for media accreditation for the sixth session of the IPBES Plenary (#IPBES6) – to be held in Medellin, Colombia from 17-26 March 2018.

Representatives of the 128 IPBES member Governments are expected to approve five major new IPBES assessment reports – prepared by more than 550 leading international experts from more than 100 countries over three years at a cost of more than US$ 6 million.

Together these scientifically peer-reviewed reports are the single most important expert contribution of the past decade to global and regional knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem services. For more details about the reports and what they are expected to cover, go to https://goo.gl/2kVxJs     

There are two kinds of media accreditation available for #IPBES6:

  • Online’ (for those who wish to receive advance access to the media materials under strict embargo following their approval by the Plenary but before the start of the media conference/s) and
  • ’Site’ (for those who wish to attend the opening ceremony and/or media conference/s in person).

To apply for accreditation, please go to: https://www.ipbes.net/media/accreditation

Please note that the working language of the IPBES secretariat is English, although every effort will be made to translate and interpret #IPBES6 media communications into Spanish as well.

There are a very limited number of complimentary rooms at the venue (Intercontinental Hotel, Medellin) available to support international media attendees – please enquire once you have been accredited if you wish to be considered for one of these.  

The sixth session of the IPBES Plenary (#IPBES6), to be held at the InterContinental Hotel Medellin, Colombia, will include a number of elements of likely interest that will be open to accredited media:

Official Opening Ceremony:

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 17:30-19:30 (time subject to change)

Media Conference Launching four IPBES Regional Assessments:

Friday, 23 March 2018, 08:00-09:30 (time subject to change) – Will also be webcast live

Media Conference Launching IPBES Assessment of Land Degradation and Restoration

Monday, 26 March 2018, 08:30-09:30 (time subject to change) – Will also be webcast live

No other sessions of #IPBES6 will be open to the media. The working language of the IPBES secretariat is English, although every effort will be made to translate and interpret #IPBES6 communications in Spanish as well.

For more information please contact: Sarah Banda-Genchev at media@ipbes.net