Family photo of members of the IPBES Secretariat and the outgoing Bureau.
On Friday, IPBES-7 delegates continued negotiations in two working groups to finalize the summary for policy makers (SPM) of the Global Assessment and the Platform’s future work programme.
The working group on the Global Assessment continued discussing the SPM background section before returning to outstanding issues in the key messages. In the evening, they began considering a table outlining possible actions in the various areas addressed in the SPM.
Highlights of the working group on the Global Assessment included:
A lengthy discussion on recognizing non-human rights, including animal rights and rights of nature. Opinions diverged regarding reference to internationally recognized rights, like the ones on Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) versus the inclusion of non-human rights that are under active international negotiation.
Extended debate on reducing consumption and waste, particularly among “the affluent,” as well as regarding the notion of social justice. Some delegates suggested referring to “changes” in consumption and waste rather than “reduction” and to social “equity” instead of social “justice.” This was followed by a lengthy discussion regarding circular economy, with delegates exchanging opinions on whether the concept of resource efficiency includes the idea of the circular economy.
Recurrent discussions on various approaches to sustainable land management to be referenced in relation to the need to transform food systems and landscape management.
Delegates also discussed the need to avoid overloading the Secretariat with work by asking it to launch several scoping processes in parallel to ongoing assessments, and the need to maintain flexibility for IPBES to react to emerging issues. The working group on the future work programme agreed, after lengthy debate, on launching two assessment scoping processes on the nexus between biodiversity, water, food, and health, and on transformative change. The group also discussed at length how to invite the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to engage in developing a joint technical publication on Biodiversity and Climate Change, preferably to be completed on time to inform discussions on the post-2020 biodiversity framework in late 2020. The eventually agreed to invite the Executive Secretaries of IPBES and IPCC to explore this issue.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from IPBES-7. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, will publish a summary and analysis report of IPBES-7 on Tuesday, 7 May 2019.
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