Members and Observers
IPBES was established in 2012 by 94 governments, and its membership has continued to grow as IPBES' impact has increased.
Who can become a member?
All States Members of the United Nations are eligible for IPBES membership.
Why become a member?
To strengthen knowledge foundations for better policy through science, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.
How to become a member?
Should your Government wish to join IPBES, this intention should be officially communicated to the IPBES secretariat from the relevant governmental authority. For example, this can take the form of a formal letter from the relevant Government Minister.
All States Members of the United Nations that are not members of IPBES (listed as Observer States in the table below), conventions, multilateral organizations, United Nations bodies and specialized agencies and other organizations that have been approved as observers at the previous sessions. The list of Observer organisations is available here
Members and observers
|Country Sort descending||Status||Region||Member since|
|Bahamas||Observer||Latin American and Caribbean States|
|Barbados||Observer||Latin American and Caribbean States|
|Belarus||Member||Eastern European States|
|Belgium||Member||Western European and other States|
|Belize||Observer||Latin American and Caribbean States|
|Bolivia (Plurinational State of)||Member||Latin American and Caribbean States|