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GBO 4 - Timeline

GBO-4, including its various products and underlying analyses, will provide a basis for the mid-term assessment of progress in implementing the Strategic Plan. The Conference of the Parties is expected to meet in 2014 and then again in 2016. In order for the Conference of the Parties to be able to consider the messages of GBO-4 and to take meaningful action based on them at a time that allows it to make adjustments well ahead of 2020, GBO-4 will need to be available at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in 2014. However if the twelfth meeting is held later, the timeline for the preparation of GBO-4 would be adjusted accordingly. With this in view, the following deadlines for GBO-4 products are envisaged:

Product Deadline
GBO-4 Advisory Group constituted September 2012
Draft outline December 2012
First peer-review of selected sections October 2013
Revision of selected sections January 2014
Second peer review of all sections May 2014
Revision of drafts June 2014
Typesetting in English July 2014
Translation into official UN languages July 2014
Printing and dispatch to launch events September 2014
Launch of the main GBO-4 report October 2014

The main launch of the forth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook will take place in October 2014 during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. In addition to this launch a series of regional launches of the report is also being planned for the same day.
As part of the communication strategy for the forth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook additional products related to the main report, but targeted to specific audiences, will be prepared. These products will be used at other global events following COP12. Events where such products may be launched include the Seventh World Water Forum taking place in April 2015, and the Fourteenth World Forestry Congress in September 2015.