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Members and Observers

IPBES was established in 2012 by 94 governments, and its membership has continued to grow as IPBES' impact has increased.

Members

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.

Observers

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 Status Region Member since Sort descending
Qatar Observer Asia-Pacific States
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Observer Latin American and Caribbean States
Mali Member African States
Democratic People's Republic of Korea Observer Asia-Pacific States
Angola Observer African States
Tonga Observer Asia-Pacific States
Barbados Observer Latin American and Caribbean States
Vanuatu Observer Asia-Pacific States
Sao Tome and Principe Observer African States
Kiribati Observer Asia-Pacific States