The Fourth Session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiveristy and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) opened on Monday, 22 February 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In the morning, delegates heard opening statements, addressed organizational matters and heard reports on progress in implementing the Platform’s work programme.
In the afternoon, delegates attended a formal opening ceremony, followed by a plenary discussion on: the thematic assessment on pollinators, pollination and food production; the methodological assessment on scenarios and modeling; capacity building; indigenous and local knowledge (ILK); and the scoping report for a global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
In the evening, delegates were invited to attend a reception hosted by the Government of Malaysia.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from the Stakeholder Days and 4th Session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4). Our summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF.
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IPBES Chair Abdul Hamid Zakri
Thomas Koetz, IPBES Secretariat, and IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie
Christine Dawson, US
Hayo Haanstra, the Netherlands
Hem Pande, India
Hesiquio Benítez Díaz, Mexico
Larbi Sbai, Morocco
Gemedo Dalle Tussie, Ethiopia
Idunn Eidheim, Norway
José Romero, Switzerland
Thomas Brooks, IUCN
Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard, Future Earth
Kevin Cash, Canada
Odipo Osano, University of Eldoret
CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias
Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia (center), arrives at the opening ceremony of IPBES-4
(L-R): Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia; Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia; IPBES Chair Abdul Hamid Zakri; and IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie, standing for the national anthem of Malaysia
Delegates standing for the national anthem of Malaysia
Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia
Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia
IPBES Chair Abdul Hamid Zakri and IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie
The dais during the afternoon plenary
Xavier Sticker, France
Nina Vik, Norway
José Luis Echeverría Tello, Guatemala
Junsheng Li, China
Fundisile Mketeni, South Africa
Hilde Eggermont, Belgium
IPBES Chair Alfred Oteng-Yeboah
Simon Ferrier, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Agus Muktamar, Indonesia
Shigetoshi Hatazawa, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan
Natalya Minchenko, Belarus
Paul Leadley, Ecology, Systematics and Evolution Laboratory, University of Paris-Sud, France
David Cooper, CBD, consulting with Paul Leadley, Ecology, Systematics and Evolution Laboratory, University of Paris-Sud, France, at dinner reception
Around the Venue
Malaysia traditional perfomance dancers