Q. Consider the following statements regarding Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES):
1. It is specialised agency of UN focusing on biodiversity and ecosystem services
2. Secretariat of IPBES is provided by the UNEP
Which of the above statements is/are incorrect?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 and 2

Answer: A

Statement 1 is incorrect: It is not a United Nations body 

Statement 2 is correct 

About IPBES: 

  • The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body established by States 
  • Objective- 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, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides secretariat services to IPBES.