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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 Thursday, 19 April 2012
IPBES
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.
Rio+20
The German delegation reacts to being declared the winner of the bid to 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
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Rosa Ines Heinrich and Valeria Gonzalez Posse, Argentina
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Apisake Monthienvichienchai, Thailand
Mark Flanigan, Australia
Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana
Javier Mendoza, Colombia
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Ivy Belthan Jauna, Bolivia
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Intergovernmental Organizations
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Delegates consulting.
Randolph Thaman, Fiji
Christine Dawson, US
Gemedo Dalle, Ethiopia
Hesiquio Benitez Diaz, Mexico
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Thai delegate reading the ENB.
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Delegates consulting.
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Ibrahim Thiaw, Rossana Silva and Neville Ash, UNEP
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Delegates consulting with the Chair.
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Participants reading the ENB web page.
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Rossana Silva and Makiko Yashiro, UNEP
Selection of host country for IPBES Secreteriat
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Vote tellers verify ballot boxes.
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Moustafa Fouda, Egypt casting his vote.
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Korean delegate, casting his vote, presumably for Seoul.
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Atsushi Suginaka, Japan casting his vote.
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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