Non-governmental actors united for a role in IPBES

Scientific and civil society organizations have called for a role in an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) both as providers and end users of knowledge. During the opening of the First Plenary Session to establish IPBES, these organizations stressed that their engagement is crucial for the relevance, impact and legitimacy of the Platform.

Bee and Flower Photo: Michael Dougherty IUCN

The International Council for Science (ICSU), addressing the Plenary on behalf of these organizations, emphasized that IPBES should be providing policy relevant information instead of policy prescriptive advice.

The key principles for the success of IPBES are saliency (i.e. policy relevance), scientific independence and credibility. Scientific and civil society organizations recommend:

  • establishing a multi-stakeholder consultative mechanism within IPBES with a strong regional component;
  • considering a representation of scientific and civil society organizations in the governance and work of IPBES;
  • establishing of an independent science panel and external review panel; and
  • ensuring equity in the representation of developing countries and all relevant disciplines.

Scientific and civil society organizations jointly formulated these recommendations during a consultative meeting held on 2 October 2011, prior to the First Plenary Session to Build IPBES. This Stakeholder Day was co-facilitated by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and IUCN and convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Read the summary of discussions during the Stakeholder Day and the full stakeholder statement at the Opening of the First Plenary Session to build IPBES here.

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