Delegates are exhausted from three days of intense meetings and negotiations at IPBES in Bonn, Germany. Much has been accomplished, but a great deal of work lies ahead. The IPBES Bureau has been established, but there is meticulous, tiresome discussion on the structuring of the MEP. On day three, SCB's IPBES delegation and other stakeholders ponder the age-old question: "To speak or not to speak?"
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On day two of IPBES, SCB's delegation worked with other stakeholders on Roles of Procedure for the Platform to ensure stakeholders play a larger role in the work of IPBES.
It’s day one of the IPBES plenary and delegates from more than 100 countries are meeting to discuss how governments, scientists and “others” interact to jointly resolve Earth’s environmental problems. SCB IPBES delegate Guy Pe'er, recounts the day's events and examines an important observation on how IPBES might deal with natural disasters.
Representatives of stakeholder groups met to today to discuss ways to increase effectiveness of the IPBES through better integration of the stakeholders in the work program. Carolyn Lundquist presented SCB’s vision for our role in IPBES and Guy Pe'er led a session on defining the role of ‘observers’ in the platform. We enjoyed a surprise visit by Achim Steiner, who reminded us of the many years of development of IPBES.