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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 Friday, 7 October 2011
 
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IPBES Chair Robert Watson gavelled the meeting the a close at 6:30pm.
Delegates reconvened in Nairobi, Kenya for the final day of deliberations in the first session of the plenary meeting on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). During the morning, discussions on the functions and structures of bodies that might be formed under the platform resumed. The structure of the secretariat was debated, with some parties favoring the option of having a single secretariat with an administrative function. Delegates emphasized the role of regional hubs, some highlighted bottom-up approaches and the possibility of secretariats working “virtually.”

During the afternoon, delegates convened for the final session, and considered the draft report of the first session of the plenary meeting and the draft resolutions. The draft report summarized the proceedings of the week, with the resolution outlining intersessional activities to be undertaken before the second session of the plenary resumes early next year. The session was closed at 6:30 PM.

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L-R: Dais during the morning plenary session includes; IPBES Chair Robert Watson; Neville Ash, UNEP; Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP; and Masa Nagai, UNEP.
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Delegates from Austria and Australia
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Delegates from Australia and Argentina
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L-R: Delegates from small island states in informal consultations with Tumutalie Foliga, Samoa; Rahul Arvind Chand , Fiji; Samu Alivereti Saumatua, Minister of Local Government, Urban, Development, Housing and Environment, Fiji; and John Fugui, Solomon Islands.
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Robert Lamb, Switzerland
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Anne Larigauderie, International Council for Science
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Tonatiuth Romero-Reyes, Mexico
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L-R: Alice Vadrot, Austria and Gabriele Obermayr, Austria
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L-R: Leng Guan Saw, Malaysia and Betty Gathuita, Malaysia
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Delegates from South Africa consulting
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L-R: Charles Mcneill, UNDP; Salvatore Arico, UNESCO and Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP
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IPBES Chair Robert Watson with Yeon-chul Yoo, Republic of Korea
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IPBES Chair Robert Watson in a discussion with Christine Dawson, US and Atsushi Suginaka, Japan.
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L-R: Daniel Nicer, the Philippines; Nalini Sharma, UNEP and Makiko Yashiro, UNEP
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WANGARI MAATHAI MEMORIAL:
 
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Wangari Maathai memorial at the UN headquarters in Africa.
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IPBES participants and UN staff writing their sympathies and condolences.
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