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National Focal Points

To facilitate interaction between Governments and IPBES between sessions of the Plenary, each Government should designate one focal point for all IPBES activities.

The designation of a focal point or secondary focal point should be done by filling the national focal point designation form, and providing contact information for the focal point or secondary focal point and uploading a nomination letter using the same form. The secretariat will make the necessary changes and/or update the corresponding database and the IPBES website once the filled form and accompanying letter are received.

To receive IPBES communications, the focal points need to register to the IPBES website following this link: https://www.ipbes.net/user/register.

Important functions of IPBES focal points include:

  1. Endorsement of nominees for, e.g., IPBES task forces and expert groups;
  2. Arranging for the provision of integrated comments on drafts of scoping reports, assessments or other IPBES products, regarding the accuracy and completeness of the scientific, technical and/or socioeconomic aspects of the drafts, as Government review will typically be carried out among a number of departments and ministries. 

A manual to support national focal points in their work is available here

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Government Name Designation Contact link
South Africa Tsepang Makholela National focal point Sign in to contact
South Africa Ntakadzeni Tshidada National focal point (secondary) Sign in to contact
South Sudan Malik Morjan National focal point Sign in to contact
South Sudan Paul Demetry National focal point (secondary) Sign in to contact
Spain Fernando Magdaleno Mas National focal point Sign in to contact
Spain Noelia Vallejo Pedregal National focal point (secondary) Sign in to contact
Sri Lanka Anil Jasinghe National focal point Sign in to contact
State of Palestine Issa Musa Albaradeiya National focal point Sign in to contact
Sudan El Khitma Mohammed National focal point Sign in to contact
Suriname Ritesh Sardjoe National focal point Sign in to contact
Sweden Thomas Lyrholm National focal point Sign in to contact
Switzerland Sebastian König National focal point Sign in to contact
Tajikistan Neimatullo Safarov National focal point Sign in to contact
Thailand Rawewan Bhuridej National focal point Sign in to contact
Thailand Phirun Saiyasitpanich National focal point (secondary) Sign in to contact
Timor-Leste Carlos Ximenes National focal point Sign in to contact
Togo Fata Komla Baloukou National focal point Sign in to contact
Togo Awitazi Tchagou National focal point (secondary) Sign in to contact
Trinidad and Tobago Marie Hinds National focal point Sign in to contact
Trinidad and Tobago David Persaud National focal point (secondary) Sign in to contact
Tunisia Mohamed Ali Ben Temessek National focal point Sign in to contact
Türkiye Serhat Erbas National focal point Sign in to contact
Türkiye Duygu Dönertaş National focal point (secondary) Sign in to contact
Uganda Joseph Ongol National focal point Sign in to contact
United Arab Emirates Khloud Ahmed Al Hindassi National focal point Sign in to contact
United Arab Emirates Hiba Obaid Al Shehi National focal point Sign in to contact
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Andrew Stott National focal point Sign in to contact
United Republic of Tanzania Fainahappy Elia Kimambo National focal point Sign in to contact
United States of America Sarah Weiskopf National focal point Sign in to contact
Uruguay Victor Canton National focal point Sign in to contact
Uruguay Ana Laura Mello National focal point Sign in to contact
Uzbekistan Jakhongir Talipov National focal point Sign in to contact
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) Rubén Darío Molina National focal point Sign in to contact
Viet Nam Hoang Thi Thanh Nhan National focal point Sign in to contact
Viet Nam International Cooperation Department National focal point (secondary) Sign in to contact
Yemen Abdul Hakim Aulaiah National focal point Sign in to contact
Zambia Gambwe Sikantongwe National focal point Sign in to contact
Zimbabwe Abraham Zivayi Matiza National focal point Sign in to contact
_nocountry Benedict Omare National focal point Sign in to contact