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The keynote message at the opening of the 5th IPBES Plenary session highlighted the complex links between action on climate change and protection of biodiversity.

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Bonn (IPBES Media) – In 2005, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) changed the way we look at our world. The IPBES Global Assessment, to be finalized in early 2019, is the scientific successor to the MA. Its findings will be the basis for national and international decision-making by Governments, the private sector and civil society over the next decade and beyond – providing the science to underpin success of the new Sustainable Development Goals.

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Bonn (IPBES Media) – Pollination and the protection of pollinators are among the key issues of focus at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13), currently underway in Cancun, Mexico – with a draft decision expected to be negotiated by the COP today, building on the recent publication of the Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPES (

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Remarks by Dr. Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of IPBES at the UN Talk, Celebrating UN Day and 20 Years of the UN in Bonn, Germany, 28 October 2016

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The scoping report for a possible future assessment of the sustainable use of biodiversity by IPBES is open for review from 5 September 2016 until 2 October 2016. The document will then be revised by the experts and submitted for consideration by IPBES-5 in March 2016. Letter of invitation and template for response are here.

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The IPBES task force and technical support unit on capacity-building are pleased to invite you to attend the third webinar of the IPBES Webinar Series. The webinar will take place 14:00-15:00 CEST, Thursday 23 June 2016. In this webinar, we will partner with Professor Simon Potts, co-chair of the IPBES Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, who will give a presentation on “The IPBES Pollination Report”.

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The secretariat invites all expert reviewers with relevant knowledge and/or experience to register to review one or more chapters of the land degradation and restoration assessment. Interested reviewers are requested to fill the registration form for external reviewers.

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The advance English version of the report of the 4th Plenary of IPBES is available here

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IPBES invites the nomination of experts for Deliverable 2(c): Global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services and Deliverable 3(biii): Sustainable Use of Biodiversity. For more information and the application form, please click here. Deadline is 05 May 2016. 

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The IPBES pollination assessment report has been featured in more than 28 languages at 1,300+ online news sites in 81 countries (plus print newspaper and radio coverage). 

Hyperlinks with these stories are available here

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3-year Study Will Measure Progress as 2020 Deadline Nears  for Reaching Biodiversity Goals  Will Be Guided by Newly Adopted Approach  for Evaluating Biodiversity-Related Policy Options

Kuala Lumpur - February 28, 2016 - The launch of an ambitious new three-year scientific assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services was announced today at the close of a week-long meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).  

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Assessment Details Options for Safeguarding Pollinators

Kuala Lumpur - 26 February, 2016 - A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies, according to the first global assessment of pollinators.

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Online forum w @IPBES Exec Sec, Anne Larigauderie Feb 10, 2-3 pm UTC. #signup on  how to engage in the current and future work of IPBES

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The IPBES Secretariat will convene, prior to the 4th session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4), a two-day stakeholder meeting (Stakeholder Days), facilitated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and ICSU (International Council for Science)/Future Earth and other volunteers, from 20 to 21 February 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.

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In a letter dated 13 October 2015, the Executive Secretary has invited Governments and Stakeholders to take part in an open consultative process on the draft scoping report for a global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Comments should be submitted into the dedicated template and sent back to no later than 3 November 2015.

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The Chair of IPBES on 5 October has invited all Governments and Stakeholders: 1) to make pledges for the IPBES Trust Fund ahead of the fourth Plenary (Feb 2016); and 2) to express interest in hosting the fifth session of the Plenary, scheduled for the first quarter of 2017. If you are in a position to do so, please communicate this to the IPBES Secretariat by email Please see letter from the IPBES Chair, Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid here.

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The registration deadline for the fourth session of the Plenary of IPBES to be held from 22-28 February 2016, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has been extended to 16 October 2015. Supported participants from developing countries are encouraged to register before this deadline to leave enough time for travel arrangements.

In addition, please note that Africa regional consultation meetings and the Stakeholder days will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February 2016 and that the other Regional Consultations meetings will take place on Sunday 21stFebruary 2016.

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IPBES invites participation in two e-conferences: 1) "Scoping for a thematic assessment on invasive alien species and their control" and 2) "Scoping for a thematic assessment on the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity".

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The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) invites governments and prospective experts with relevant knowledge and/or experience to review and further develop the initial scoping for (a) the thematic assessment on invasive alien species and their control (Deliverable 3bii) and (b) the thematic assessment on sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and strengthening capacities and tools (Deliverable 3biii).

Find the invitation letter to all member states and observers from the IPBES Chair here.

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