Statement by Dr Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of IPBES, on 3 July 2018 to the Plenary of the 22nd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-22) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal, Canada regarding Item 6 of the SBSTTA-22 Agenda (Updated Scientific Assessment of Progress)
On behalf of IPBES, I would like to thank all Parties who made interventions underlining the importance of using the key findings of IPBES assessments to inform their actions.
I would also like to thank Parties who attended the pre-SBSTTA workshop co-hosted by the CBD and the IPBES secretariats, which focused on the use of the five IPBES reports by Parties. Many thanks to the European Union for their support to that workshop.
IPBES indeed considers the CBD and its Parties as key users of its reports.
I would like to remind SBSTTA that IPBES is currently finalizing its global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services, which will be released at the 7th session of the Plenary of IPBES, to be hosted by France in May 2019, in Paris.
Importantly, the summary for policymakers of the global assessment is currently open for review by Governments and peers until 9 July. We invite all Parties who have not yet done so to provide feedback on this summary for policymakers to increase its policy relevance and future use.