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Biodiversity Policy & Practice

Second session of the Plenary of the
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-2)

9-14 December 2013 | Antalya, Turkey
 
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Highlights for Monday, 9 December 2013
 

IPBES

The second meeting of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) opened today in Antalya, Turkey. The meeting aims to agree on, inter alia: issues related to the initial programme of work of the Platform for 2014-2018; an outreach and communications strategy; financial and budgetary arrangements for the Platform; rules and procedures for the operation of the Platform; and institutional arrangements.

In the morning, delegates heard welcome messages from Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey, and Veysel Eroğlu, Turkey's Minister of Forest and Water Affairs, urging for the adoption of decisions in Antalya to operationalize the Platform. Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, called for adopting in Antalya the proposed budget and work programme to further implement IPBES. Delegates held a minute of silence to honour Nelson Mandela, who died last Thursday at the age of 95.

Delegates then adopted the agenda and organization of work. During the morning and afternoon, discussions addressed: the initial work programme of the Platform, including the draft work programme for 2014-2018 and the conceptual framework; and the financial and budgetary arrangements for 2014-2018. Members of the Bureau and of the Multidisciplinary Panel of Experts (MEP) addressed comments by delegates on the proposed work programme of the Platform.

Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana, on behalf of Africa, paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, former President of South
Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, during the opening session of IPBES-2.
 
OPENING SESSION
 
Başak Koç, GS TV ANA Haber, Turkey, Master of Ceremonies of the opening session, read the
messages from Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey, and Veysel Eroğlu, Turkey's
Minister of Forest and Water Affairs
 
Video presentation by the government of Turkey
 
IPBES participants observed a minute of silence for Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and Nobel
Peace Prize Laureate
 
 
Nurettin Akman, Deputy Minister of Forest and Water Affairs, Turkey
 
Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director
 
 
IPBES Chair Abdul Hamid Zakri , Malaysia
 
   
IPBES-2 VIPs during the opening session
   
 
OPENING STATEMENTS
 
Gemedo Dalle Tussie, Ethiopia,
speaking for Africa
 
Abdul Rahim Nik, Malaysia, speaking for
Asia- Pacific
 
Hesiquio Benitez Diaz, Mexico, speaking
for Latin America and the Caribbean
 
Jose Romero, Switzerland
 
Cyrie Sendashonga, IUCN, speaking for
IPBES Stakeholders
 
Rashad Allahverdi, Azerbaijan,
speaking for Eastern Europe
 
WORK PROGRAMME 2014-2018
 
   
Dais during the morning plenary session
   
 
 
Bob Watson, Bureau Member for Western Europe and Other States
 
Carlos Alfredo Joly, Brazil, Co-Chair of the Multidisciplinary Expert
Panel (MEP)
 
 
Neville Ash, UNEP
 
Asghar Mohammadi Fazel, Iran
Astrid Hilgers, the Netherlands
Petri Ahlroth, Finland
 
Pawat Ruangvichatron, Thailand
Ione Anderson, Inter-American
Institute for Global Change Research
Adem Bilgin, Turkey, Bureau Member
for Eastern Europe
 
L-R: Abdulqader Khamis and Mohamed Mubarak Bin Daina, Bahrain
 
Douglas Nakashima, UNESCO
 
Edna Kaptoyo, Indigenous Information
Network
 
David Cooper, Convention on Biological
Diversity (CBD)
 
   
Delegates from the US
   
 
IPBES-2 SNAPSHOTS
 
L-R: Nurettin Akman, Deputy Minister of Forest and Water Affairs,
Turkey, presented a traditional Turkish scarf to Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP
Deputy Executive Director. Photo by Claudia Friedrich
 
Ahmet Özyanik, Director-General (second from left), General Directorate of Nature Conservation and
National Parks, Turkey, posing with his staff
 
L-R: Ahmed Alshamari, Hassan Al-Ayied, and Bandar Alghamdi, Saudi Arabia
 
PHOTOS FROM THE RECEPTION HOSTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY
 
 
 
 
 
 
Related Links
Session resources

*Session website

*Session documents

*Session provisional annotated agenda

*Platform members

*Resources


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP11) - “A stronger UNCCD for a Land-Degradation Neutral World”, 16-27 September 2013, Windhoek, Namibia

*IISD RS coverage of the Twenty-seventh Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC27/GMEF), 18-22 February 2013, UN Office, Nairobi, Kenya

*IISD RS coverage of IPBES-1, 21-26 January 2013, Bonn, Germany

*IISD RS coverage of the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 8-19 October 2012, Hyderabad, India

*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at CBD COP 11, 8-19 October 2012, Hyderabad, India

*IISD RS coverage of the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, 6-13 July 2012, Bucharest, Romania

*IISD RS coverage of the Second Session of the Plenary Meeting on IPBES, 16-21 April 2012, Panama City, Panama

*IISD RS coverage of the First Session of the Plenary Meeting on IPBES, 3-7 October 2011, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

*IISD RS archive of meetings on biodiversity

*Biodiversity-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy

*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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