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Biodiversity : IPBES7 plenary to open at UNESCO

26 April 2019

The seventh session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary, hosted by France, will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 29 April to 4 May 2019. IPBES7 will bring together representatives of 130 countires to discuss and approve a definitive new global synthesis of the state of nature, ecosystems and nature’s contributions to people – the first such report since the landmark Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was published in 2005, and the first ever that is intergovernmental.

Prepared by 150 leading international experts from 50 countries, balancing representation from the natural and social sciences, with additional contributions from a further 250 experts, working with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services will inform better policies and actions in the coming decade.

The seventh session will be opened by Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO; Sir Bob Watson, President of IPBES; Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary IPBES; Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs and Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of France. It will be webcast live from 10 to 11 am (GMT+2).



IPBES is an independent intergovernmental body established in 2012. It is a global science-policy platform tasked with providing the best-available evidence to inform better decisions affecting biodiversity and ecosystems services. UNESCO is one of four institutional UN partners of the platform, together with FAO, UNDP and UNEP. UNESCO's Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems programme (LINKS) supports the platform by hosting the Technical Support Unit for the IPBES Task Force on Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems.