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

16-21 April 2012 | Panama City, Panama
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Highlights for Monday, 16 April 2012
The second session of the plenary meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) opened today in Panama City, Panama. In the morning, delegates heard opening remarks from Ibrahim Thiaw, Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP, who highlighted IPBES' relevance to informed policy-making. Mayra Arosemena, Vice-Minister, Foreign Affairs, Panama, urged for agreeing on key elements to enable the establishment of IPBES in Panama. In the afternoon, delegates engaged in discussions on the draft work programme of the platform, as well as the functions and structures of bodies that might be established under IPBES.

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A view of the dais during the opening session.
Christine Dawson, US
Cyriaque Sendashonga, IUCN
Randolph Thaman, Fiji
Paulino Franco, Brazil
Ivy Belthan Jauna, Bolivia
Valeria Gonzalez Posse, Argentina
Neville Ash, Chief of Biodiversity, UNEP
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In the evening, delegates attended a dinner hosted by the Republic of Korea.
Highlights for Tuesday, 17 April 2012
The second session of the plenary meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) entered its second day in Panama City, Panama. In the morning, delegates continued to consider the modalities and institutional arrangements for an IPBES, including functions and structures of bodies that might be established, and the structure and composition of subsidiary bodies of the plenary. In the afternoon, delegates continued to deliberate two proposed options for the structure and composition of subsidiary bodies of the plenary, and later discussed rules of procedure for the meetings of the platform’s plenary. The Chair adjourned the session early to allow delegates to read the Chair’s draft text on rules of procedure for the plenary of the platform. In the evening, the Government of Kenya hosted a dinner reception to promote Nairobi as a candidate for hosting the platform’s secretariat.

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Hesiquio Benitez Diaz, Mexico
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Khaled Hashem, Egypt
Yohpy Ichsan Wardana, Indonesia
Mark Flanigan, Australia
Ales Pires, UNEP
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Abubakar Mohammed, Nigeria
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Geoff Hicks, New Zealand
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In the evening, delegates attended a dinner hosted by Kenya.
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Chirau Makwere, Minister of Environment and Mineral Resources, Kenya
Highlights for Wednesday, 18 April 2012
The second session of the plenary meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) entered its second day in Panama City, Panama. In the morning, delegates continued to consider the modalities and institutional arrangements for an IPBES, including functions and structures of bodies that might be established, and the structure and composition of subsidiary bodies of the plenary. In the afternoon, delegates continued to deliberate two proposed options for the structure and composition of subsidiary bodies of the plenary, and later discussed rules of procedure for the meetings of the platform’s plenary. The Chair adjourned the session early to allow delegates to read the Chair’s draft text on rules of procedure for the plenary of the platform. In the evening, the Government of Kenya hosted a dinner reception to promote Nairobi as a candidate for hosting the platform’s secretariat.

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A view of the dais.
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Atsushi Suginaka, Japan
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Martin Schneekloth, Denmark, speaking on behalf of the European Union
Idunn Eidheim, Norway
Yoeasta Valluzuela, Dominican Republic
Leonel Sierralta, Chile
Jose Romero, Switzerland
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Abdul Munaf Qaimkhani, Pakistan
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Umesh Kumar Mandal, Nepal
Highlights for Thursday, 19 April 2012
The second session of the plenary meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) entered its fourth day in Panama City, Panama. In the morning, delegates met to discuss rules of procedure. At lunch, informal groups met to discuss regional groupings to be used for the bureau and the multi-disciplenary expert panel (MEP). In the afternoon, delegates continued to discuss proposed options regarding the structure and composition of subsidiary bodies of the plenary. During an evening session, plenary voted to decide what country will host the IPBES secretariat.

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L-R: Dais during the morning plenary session includes: Nalini Sharma, UNEP; Robert Watson, IPBES Chair; Neville Ash, UNEP; Masa Nagai, UNEP
Mark Flanigan, Australia
Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana
Javier Mendoza, Colombia
A member of the Korean delegation, prior to the vote
Delegates congratulate Germany for winning the bid to host the IPBES secretariat in Bonn.
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Ibrahim Thiaw, Rossana Silva and Neville Ash, UNEP
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Delegates consulting with the Chair.
Highlights for Friday, 20 April 2012
The second session of the plenary meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) entered its fifth day in Panama City, Panama. In the morning, delegates met to discuss: interim arrangements for the multi-disciplinary expert panel (MEP) and the rules of procedure. At lunch, informal groups met to discuss legal aspects of establishing the IPBES. In the afternoon and late into the evening, delegates continued to consider the rules of procedure.

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Neville Ash, Masa Nagai, UNEP
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Korean delegation giving a congratulatory speech to Germany for winning the bid to host IPBES.
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Robert Watson, IPBES Chair; Rossana Silva, UNEP; Neville Ash, UNEP;
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Side view of the dias.
Anne Larigauderie, International Council for Science
Members of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)
Mark Flanigan, Australia
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Germany hosted a celebratory toast during the afternoon.
Highlights for Saturday, 21 April 2012

The second session of the plenary meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) held its sixth and final day of discussions today in Panama City, Panama. Delegates met in the morning and afternoon to discuss a number of outstanding issues, including rules of procedure and possible intersessional work to prepare for the first session of the Platform’s plenary. In the evening, delegates worked through remaining issues and eventually adopted the report of the meeting and a decision establishing the IPBES. Chair Robert Watson declared the meeting closed at 8:57pm.

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Oliver Lewis, US
Jose Romero, Switzerland
Luis Javier Campuzano, Mexico
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Anada Tiega, Ramsar; Fernando Spina, CMS; Renate Christ, IPCC; Jane Smart, IUCN; Cyrie Sendashonga, IUCN
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Valeria Gonzalez Posse, Argentina
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Kevin Cash, Canada
Hem Pande, India and Abdul Munaf Qaimkhani, Pakistan
Renate Christ, IPCC
Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana

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