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Set of principles and procedures guiding the work of IPBES

The work of IPBES is guided by a set of principles and procedures for all the main activities of the organization. As demonstrated in this short note prepared by the IPBES secretariat, the Platform ensures credibility, relevance, legitimacy and transparency through its rules of procedure and processes approved by its Plenary. The Platform's processes and procedures will be reviewed and updated by its Plenary to ensure that they remain relevant, strong and transparent.

Congratulations to Bob Watson, Member of the Bureau of IPBES, who won the Champions of the Earth award for Science and Innovation

The award is the United Nations’ flagship environmental prize, recognizing outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship, and civil society action. Bob Watson has been awarded the prize for Science and Innovation for ‘promoting the science behind ozone depletion, global warming and the impacts of biodiversity loss’. Winners were honoured by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. on 19 November 2014. Past laureates have included Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Gore, Felipe Calderon, Mohamed Nasheed, Marina Silva, Vinod Khosla, and many other leaders on environment and development. More information here.

Information Note available for participants to IPBES-3 (12 -17 January 2015, Bonn, Germany)

IPBES-3 will take place at the World Conference Center in Bonn (WCCB). It will be preceded by regional consultations and a stakeholder meeting. This information note will assist all participants with their travel arrangements, including hotel bookings, directions and connections to Bonn, visa application process, DSA and financial support.

IPBES side event at CBD COP 12, Wednesday 8 October (18:15)

IPBES held a side event at CBD COP 12 on Wednesday 8 October (18:15) to update delegates on progress with implementation of the work programme. Please see the programme of the side event and document UNEP/CBD/COP/12/INF/28.

Call for comments: revised draft stakeholder engagement strategy

The secretariat would like to invite comments on the revised draft stakeholder engagement strategy from governments and stakeholders. Owing to a shortage of time, the second session of the Plenary did not consider the draft stakeholder engagement strategy and decided to defer further consideration of the document to its third session. Following the discussion, the Chair proposed “that the secretariat develop a revised version of the draft strategy for consideration by the Plenary.” In response to this request, the secretariat prepared a revised version of the draft stakeholder engagement strategy that was submitted to the Plenary at its second session. Comments to this draft document can be sent using the linked template to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3 October 2014.