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First Session of the Plenary Meeting on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

3-7 October 2011 | Nairobi, Kenya
 
Highlights for Thursday, 6 October 2011
 
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iPbes
Delegates from Brazil, Palestine, Ghana and Egypt in informal consultations.
 

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) reconvened for the fourth day of deliberations in Nairobi, Kenya. The morning’s discussions focused on legal issues relating to the establishment of the platform as well as the functions and structure of possible bodies to be created. The Friends of the Chair groups on membership to the platform and the rules of procedure resumed their work during lunchtime. Much of the discussion on legal issues focused on whether the UN General Assembly had established the IPBES in its resolution 65/162, or if the current session has to decide to establish the plenary.

In the afternoon, delegates resumed discussions on the functions and structure of bodies to be created as well as deliberating on the process and elements that might be considered in selecting the host institution and the physical location of the secretariat. During the evening, delegates revisited the legal issues of establishing an IPBES, with the Secretariat providing answers to questions posed earlier in the day.

The discussions on process and criteria for selecting the host institution and physical location of the secretariat dealt with the procedures and formats for proposal submission and review to the Bureau, with some delegates highlighting issues of safety as a prejudicial criterion. The discussion on the functions and structures of bodies that could be established centered on gender and disciplinarity concerns, as well as possible functions of the chair.


PLENARY SESSION:
 
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L-R: Dais during the morning plenary session includes Masa Nagai, UNEP; IPBES Chair Robert Watson; Neville Ash, UNEP; and Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP.
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Joshua Franco Paul Maya, South Sudan
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Per Ludvig Magnus, Norway
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Bozena Haczek, Poland, speaking on behalf of the EU and its member states with François Wakenhut, EU and its member states.
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Masa Nagai, UNEP
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Moustafa Fouda, Egypt
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Daniel Nicer, the Philippines
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Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana
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Cyrie Sendashonga, IUCN
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L-R: Horst Korn, Germany, and Nicola Breier, Germany
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Delegates from Colombia consulting.
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Delegates from Brazil confering.
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L-R: IPCC Secretary Renate Christ, in a conversation with IPBES Chair Robert Watson.
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L-R: Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP, in a conversation with Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP.
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L-R: Christine Dawson, US and Oliver Lewis, US
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L-R: Antonio Fernández, Spain; Carlos Martin Novella, UNEP; and Tania López, Spain
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L-R: John Matuszak, US in a discussion with Jamil Ahmad, UNEP.
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Local staff
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FRIENDS OF THE CHAIR:
 
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Hesiquio Benitez Diaz, Mexico, presided over the Friends of the Chair session on membership to the platform for Vice-Chair Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Brazil.
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IPBES Vice-Chair Senka Barudanovich, Bosnia and Herzegovina, (center) presided over the Friends of the Chair session on rules of procedure of the platform.
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AROUND THE UNEP GROUNDS:
 
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Breezeways at the UN Headquarters in Africa.
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Panda tapestry by Wu Zuoren presented by the China National Environmental Protection Agency to the UN.
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Abstract sculpture presented by the Government of India.
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Monkey roaming around the UN grounds.
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