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IPBES Bureau Member and Vice-Chair for Africa receives the MIDORI Prize

Congratulations to Alfred Oteng Yeboah, IPBES Bureau Member and Vice-Chair for Africa, on being among the winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014. The winners were announced on 8 September 2014 in Tokyo, Japan and Montreal, Canada. The MIDORI Prize is a biennial international prize organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to honour individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional or local levels.

Call for Submissions: Indigenous and Local Knowledge on pollination and pollinators associated with food production

The Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK) task force has placed a call for submissions which aims to generate worldwide inputs on ILK for the thematic assessment on pollination. This is one element of the task force's effort to pilot procedures and approaches for building ILK into IPBES.  Further information about this call for submissions is available on the UNESCO website: The deadline for submissions is 10 October 2014. 

Stakeholder day prior to IPBES-3

We would like to inform interested stakeholders that the stakeholder day prior to IPBES-3 will be held on Sunday 11 January 2015. Those wishing to participate are kindly requested to ask the organizations they represent to follow the accreditation and registration procedures for observer organizations and fill out the registration form found on the IPBES website:

Organizations that were granted observer status for IPBES-2 do not to need to re-submit any documents. However, they will still
need to fill out the registration form on the IPBES website and respond to the question "Was your organisation represented in previous IPBES Plenaries?" by ticking the box "Yes". Organizations that were not granted observer status for IPBES-2 would need to tick the box "No" when responding to the same question and provide the necessary information. The Bureau will then review the list of those expressing their wish to be represented at IPBES-3 as observers, upon submission of such list by the secretariat. The deadline for accreditation and registration of observer organizations is 15 September 2014.

Comments invited on priority needs for capacity building

The task force on capacity building held a meeting in Trondheim, Norway, on 21-23 May 2014 and identified a set of priority needs for capacity building. Comments to this draft document can be sent by 13 September 2014 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

IPBES side event at the UNCBD COP 12

The IPBES secretariat, with the support of UNEP-WCMC will hold a side event during the the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to provide details regarding the progress in implementing the IPBES work programme. Last December, the IPBES Plenary agreed a work programme for the period 2014-2018, and agreed the budget for the first two years. The intention of this side event is to brief participants on the progress made to date in implementing the IPBES work programme, and on what can be expected in the coming months and years. Opportunity will be provided for participants to discuss further how the work of IPBES can most effectively contribute to implementation of the CBD at all levels. The side event will be held on Wednesday 8 October 2014 at 18:15 (Hall F, Room 1 - Business Meeting Room).