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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 Wednesday, 18 April 2012
IPBES
The second session of the plenary meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) entered its third day in Panama City, Panama. In the morning, delegates listened to presentations from countries that aspire to host the IPBES secretariat, and considered potential host institutions. At lunch, informal groups met to discuss the IPBES work programme and the membership of regional economic integration organizations. In the afternoon, delegates continued to discuss proposed options regarding the structure and composition of subsidiary bodies of the plenary, and met in an evening session to discuss rules of procedure.
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A view of the dais.
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Abdul Munaf Qaimkhani, Pakistan
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Umesh Kumar Mandal, Nepal
Collins Oloya, Uganda
Liu Guozhi, China
John Matuszak, US
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Atsushi Suginaka, Japan
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Martin Schneekloth, Denmark, speaking on behalf of the European Union
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Delegates consulting.
Idunn Eidheim, Norway
Yoeasta Valluzuela, Dominican Republic
Leonel Sierralta, Chile
Jose Romero, Switzerland
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Deliberations get under way.
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Members of the Secreteriat, discussing.
Country bids to host the IPBES Secretariat
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Yeon-chul Yoo, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea, presented their bid to host the secretariat in Seoul.
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Mohamed Ali, Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, Kenya, presented their bid to host the secretariat in Nairobi.
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Didier Hoffschir, Ministry of Superior Education and Research, France, presented their bid to host the secretariat in Paris.
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Elsa Nickel, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety, Germany, highlighted the advantages of hosting IPBES in Bonn.
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Hem Pande, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India, highlighted India’s biodiversity and underscored key characteristics that New Delhi could offer for the accomplishment of IPBES’ functions.

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