Convened by the interim IPBES Secretariat at UNEP in coordination with FAO, UNDP and UNESCO, and co-facilitated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Science (ICSU), this edition was held over two days on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December in Antalya, Turkey.

The meeting aimed at:

1. Providing first-time IPBES Plenary participants with an opportunity to understand the way IPBES works;
2. Discussing the engagement of stakeholders in IPBES, with a focus on the ways and means to implement the stakeholder engagement strategy to support the implementation of the work programme of IPBES;
3. Exchanging views on the different topics on the agenda of IPBES-2, having a dedicated exchange of views with representatives of the Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of IPBES and drawing out elements for a collective statement to be delivered at the opening of the session on behalf of interested observer organisations.

This meeting was open to all Observers to IPBES-2, including States, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, United Nations Programmes or Agencies, as well as Admitted Intergovernmental Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations, and IPBES Member States representatives. In total, more than 160 people registered for the meeting.

The agenda for the event can be found here.

Background documents for the meeting included:

- considerations for the further development of a Stakeholder Engagement Plan. This documents aims at articulating all the elements contained in the documentation provided for IPBES-2 that pertain to stakeholder engagement with the goal to advance the development of a stakeholder engagement plan that will operationalize the stakeholder engagement strategy supporting the implementation of the Platform's work programme.

- Overview of draft IPBES workprogramme 2014-2018

The summary reports for the two days are available here (day 1, day 2) as well as the joint stakeholder statement made during the opening of IPBES-2 coordinated during the event.