Intergovernmental Platform For Biodiversity And Ecosystem Services

April 30th, 2019 / Hillary K Bainny
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The seventh session of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-7) opened on Monday in Paris, France, with a youth dance performance. After listening to opening statements and addressing organizational matters, delegates initiated negotiations on the summary for policy makers (SPM) of the Global Assessment and other agenda items.

Highlights of the day included:

  • A youth dance performance titled “Steps for a Change” that interpreted biodiversity loss and linkages with climate change, and conveyed delegates with a sense of urgency;
  • The report on prioritization of the second work programme, which proposes that IPBES focus on promoting biodiversity to achieve the 2030 Agenda, understanding the underlying causes of biodiversity loss and determinants of transformative change to achieve the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity, and measuring business impact and dependency on biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people; and
  • A speech by François de Rugy, French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, who warned delegates of the imminent “bio-climatic catastrophe.”

This was original posted on the IISD page here.

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