The talks continue...

10 June 2010 | News story

At around 11:30 am of the fourth day of the 3rd consultative meeting on IPBES, the meeting overcame a major hurdle which made the participants feel more enthusiastic and hopeful about the outcome of the meeting.

At around 11:30 am of the fourth day of the 3rd consultative meeting on IPBES, the meeting overcame a major hurdle which made the participants feel more enthusiastic and hopeful about the outcome of the meeting. Governments agreed on the financial arrangements for the platform and, at the same time, tackled the financial aspect of capacity building, a key issue for developing countries.

During those discussions, and with the purpose of explaining thoroughly the importance of capacity building, the Kenyan government made an inspiring intervention reminding the meeting that we all leave in one biosphere and that, for developing countries to play their role in preserving that biosphere, they need to increase their capacity so that work of developed countries towards sustainable development is not undermined by developing countries inability to respond.

The other highlight of the day was the intervention from the government of Iran during the discussion on balanced regional representation and gender equity, as an element of the Preamble of the outcome document. The government of Iran stated that it believed premature to include gender equity given that women “lag behind” in scientific work… The comment provoked an outrage in the room but delegates judged that such comment did not deserve a rebuttal.

The afternoon went slowly into an arid discussion on the legal status of the platform. Governments expressed their wish to give the platform an independent intergovernmental nature and it is still to be defined if it will be under the auspices or administered by UN agencies. Length discussions focused also on the process for establishing the IPBES, which slowed down the enthusiasm of the morning. There was agreement that this present meeting cannot itself establish the platform but the suspense remains as to whether it is the UN General Assembly in September or the governing bodies of the hosting agencies.

But optimism is still the spirit of the meeting as the following image was reflected on the big screens of the meeting hall: 

Processes that a new Platform if established should support