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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
Highlights for Monday, 16 April 2012
IPBES
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.
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Mayra Arosemena, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Panama
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Chair Robert Watson and Mayra Arosemena, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs
Christine Dawson, US
Cyriaque Sendashonga, IUCN
Randolph Thaman, Fiji
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Leonel Sierralta, Chile
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Yoeasta Valluzuela, Dominican Republic
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Sidebar conversation between delegates from Brazil and Republic of Korea.
Paulino Franco, Brazil
Ivy Belthan Jauna, Bolivia
Valeria Gonzalez Posse, Argentina
Neville Ash, Chief of Biodiversity, UNEP
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Moustafa Fouda, Egypt
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Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana
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Deliberations get under way.
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Discussing IPBES' form and function.
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Victor Canton, Uruguay
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Fu Changua, China
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Martin Schneekloth, Denmark, speaking on behalf of the European Union
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Fundisile Mketeni, South Africa
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Idunn Eidheim, Norway
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Hem Pande, India
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In the evening, delegates attended a dinner hosted by the Republic of Korea.
 

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