IPBES has made available phase 1 message 'primers'. These are short briefing documents that provide key information about each of the assessments that members will consider for approval at the sixth session of the IPBES Plenary (#IPBES6) in Colombia in 2018. There are six primers in total – one each for the four regional assessments, one for the assessment of land degradation and restoration, as well as a sixth general primer with information about all of the assessments as a whole.
The primers have been translated into the official UN languages (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese) to increase their reach and impact. The general primer and the primer on land degradation and restoration are available in all six languages, with the four regional assessment primers in those languages most relevant to the respective regions.