IPBES is an intergovernmental science-policy platform and can be compared to IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change. IPBES was founded in 2012 and the organisation is since then gathering people of knowledge and experience together with stakeholders and decision makers from all regions of the world.
IPBES has had a decisive role in outlining the drivers of biodiversity loss, communicating the magnitude of the problem and laying the groundwork for a new agenda. According to the Win win Award jury, IPBES’ report ”Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” from 2019, made information about biodiversity and ecosystems accessible to more than just experts and scientists.
“PBES has managed to summarize and explain the importance of biodiversity and the implication of the threat against it in a way that few others have. Thanks to their work, this issue is now finally in focus and that’s why it feels great to be able to present them as this year’s winner”, says Emma Dalväg, Chairperson of the jury.
Connected to UN Sustainable Development Goals
The Win win Award has during the past years been working on integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into its annual themes. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, two of the goals specifically targets ecosystems and biodiversity - on land and in water. Biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people are believed to be essential for the possibility to succeed in all of the 17 goals.
As the world’s first and only intergovernmental platform for biodiversity, IPBES is providing knowledge as well as tools to protect, and sustainably access, nature’s vital resources. IPBES executive secretary Dr. Anne Larigauderie points out that it is very significant that the award has been given in 2020 – the point at which decisions are being taken about the framework for global action on nature for the next decade.
"The IPBES secretariat receives this award on behalf of our 136 member states and dedicates it to the thousands of scientists, knowledge-holders and stakeholders who have already contributed so much of their time and expertise to our work. This success is their success. This award is further proof that scientific expertise and better evidence must be at the heart of the decisions we take today about our shared future", says Dr. Anne Larigauderie.
Text: Julia Jansson
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