Highlights and images for 2 May 2019



Highlights for Thursday, 2 May 2019

IPBES Fellows give presents to the IPBES Secretariat.

IPBES On Thursday, delegates continued negotiating the draft summary for policy makers (SPM) of the Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a working group which met throughout the day and into the night. Another working group met throughout the day and in the evening to finalize the Platform’s second work programme.The working group on the Global Assessment discussed key messages on simultaneously achieving nature conservation and other societal goals, such as food security, climate change mitigation, and sustainable economic development. In the afternoon, delegates completed the key messages section, except for several outstanding issues, and began considering the background section. Highlights of these discussions included:

  • Extended debate on referencing the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) as a way to enhance nature conservation and restoration, while recognizing that indigenous peoples have different rights than local communities and that such rights are recognized in international law, but must be implemented through national law in most countries;
  • Deliberations on whether to reference specific activities that can support nature conservation in key messages on food security, fisheries, and climate change mitigation; and
  • A discussion on sustainable pathways and global financial and economic systems during which delegates debated whether economic systems must “evolve,” “reform,” or “transform” to conserve nature.
  • The second working group on the work programme up to 2030 resumed discussions on the objectives, making textual changes to the sections on capacity building, strengthening knowledge foundations, policy support, communicating and engaging, and reviewing effectiveness. With many noting that specific deliverables should be tailored to the priority topics and possibly be prepared by the task forces for consideration by IPBES-8, delegates agreed to remove references to “deliverables” and consider the elements in the draft work programme as objectives. Coming back to the issue of which topics to consider and what reports to prepare, they also debated: how to consider the topic of connectivity, which many Multilateral Environmental Agreements raised in the first call for inputs, and the need for follow-ups to the Global and Regional Assessments.For extensive details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).

    IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from IPBES-7. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, will publish a summary and analysis report of IPBES-7 on Tuesday, 7 May 2019.

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    Working Group I
    Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers and Kai Chan, IPBES Experts
    Yasuo Takahashi and Hirohide Matsushima, Japan
    Georgina Catacora-Vargas, Bolivia
    Daniel Alvarez, Chile
    Nicola Toki and Anne-Gaelle Ausseil, New Zealand
    Sara Carlson and Christine Dawson, US
    A Friends of the Chair group meets over lunch break to finalize amendments to a section of the summary for policy makers of the Global Assessment report.
    Working Group II
    Eiji Tanaka and Ryo Kohsaka, Japan
    Anne Teller and Marco Fritz, EU
    Sofía Treviño Heres, Mexico, and Nina Vik, Norway
    Mary Rowen, US
    The French delegation discusses additions to the text.
    The delegation from the Republic of Korea during the session
    Bureau Meeting
    The IPBES Bureau meets over dinner break
    Around the Venue
    Nikolay Tzvetkov, Bulgaria, and Ioana Hotea, Romania
    A participant reviews Thursday’s schedule.
    Participants discuss informally between working groups.
    Participants share a laugh at the end of the day.
    A view of the Eiffel Tower from UNESCO Headquarters


    Negotiating blocs
    European Union
    Non-state coalitions