IPBES wins prestigious Blue Planet Prize

Jun 20, 2024

Current Affair 1:

We will learn two things here:

  1. Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
  2. Blue Planet Prize

About IPBES:

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body established by States to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.

It was established in Panama City, on 21 April 2012 by 94 Governments

It is not a United Nations body. 

However, at the request of the IPBES Plenary and with the authorization of the UNEP Governing Council in 2013, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides secretariat services to IPBES. 

A large number of NGOs, organizations, conventions and civil society groupings also participate in the formal IPBES process as observers.


IPBES was established in 2012 by 94 governments, and its membership has continued to grow as IPBES' impact has increased.

All States Members of the United Nations are eligible for IPBES membership.


About Blue Planet Prize:

The Blue Planet Prize, awarded by Japan’s Asahi Glass Foundation, is awarded annually to individuals and organisations to recognise outstanding achievements in scientific research and its application, which have helped provide solutions to global environmental problems.

The prize includes an award of $500,000.

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