The Second Plenary Meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-2) opens today in Antalya, Turkey, with welcome remarks from Hon. Dr. Nurettin Akman, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey and from Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP's Deputy Executive Director.
Coverage of IPBES-2 will be provided by IISD Reporting Services. Follow this link: http://www.iisd.ca/ipbes/ipbes2/ for daily updates and a final report.
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Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana,pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, during the opening session of IPBES-2 (photo by ENB)
Dr. Nurettin Akman, Vice -Monister fro Forest and Water Affairs, Turkey and Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP's Deputy Executive Director providing their opening remarks (photos by ENB)
Each Member of the Platform is required to submit the official credentials of its representative, together with the names of alternate representatives and advisers, to the secretariat. In accordance with the Rules of Procedure adopted for IPBES, the credentials of representatives of any member of the Platform need to be issued by or on behalf of the member's Head of State or Government or minister for foreign affairs consistent with each country's policy and law. Each Member is encouraged to send a copy of the credentials to the secretariat in advance of the meeting, preferably by e-mail (email@example.com), and the original should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than 24 hours after the opening of the session. Only Members that have submitted valid credentials will have the right to take part in decision making at the meeting.
Kindly note that all participants to IPBES-2 are responsible for obtaining their own visa to travel to Turkey. Visa applications for many nationalities can be made online through the E-visa system. Please refer to the FAQ page to check if you are eligible for an e-visa. Many nationalities, especially in Africa, in addition to e-visa also require a valid Schengan visa to enter Turkey. Please check online or with your nearest Turkish Embassy on your individual requirements.
English version of all pre-sessional working documents for IPBES-2 are now available from here.
Translations in the other UN official languages will be made available in due course.
A letter from Prof. Zakri Abdul Hamid, Chair of IPBES, inviting Governments, United Nations bodies, the Global Environment Facility, other intergovernmental organizations and other stakeholders for financial and in-kind contributions was sent on 1 November 2013. Please also click here for a template to indicate anticipated contribution.