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The sixth session of the IPBES Plenary (#IPBES6), to be held at the InterContinental Hotel Medellin, Colombia, will include a number of elements of likely interest that will be open to accredited media:

Official Opening Ceremony:

Saturday, 17 March 2018, 17:30-19:30 (time subject to change)

Media Conference Launching four IPBES Regional Assessments:

Friday, 23 March 2018, 08:00-09:30 (time subject to change) – Will also be webcast live

Media Conference Launching IPBES Assessment of Land Degradation and Restoration

Monday, 26 March 2018, 08:30-09:30 (time subject to change) – Will also be webcast live

No other sessions of #IPBES6 will be open to the media. The working language of the IPBES secretariat is English, although every effort will be made to translate and interpret #IPBES6 communications in Spanish as well.

For more information please contact: Sarah Banda-Genchev at

The five major new assessment reports have been prepared over three years by more than 550 leading international experts from more than 100 countries at a cost of more than US$ 6 million.

Together these scientifically peer-reviewed reports are the single most important expert contribution to contemporary global and regional knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem services. 

For more details about the reports and what they are expected to cover:
General Primer:
Land Degradation and Restoration:
The Americas:
Europe and Central Asia:

There are two kinds of media accreditation available for #IPBES6: 

'Online' (for those who wish to receive advance access to the media materials under strict embargo following their approval by the Plenary but before the start of the media conference/s) and
'Site' (for those who wish to attend the opening ceremony and/or media conference/s in person). 

The deadline for 'site' accreditation is 2 March 2018.
To apply: 

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