31st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP-31) to the IAI

21 to 22 June 2023, Panama City, Panamá



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Agenda and working documents

Agenda Item Document
1st session, 9:00 - 17:00
Wednesday, 21 June 2023

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00
Opening of the meeting
9:00 - 10:00
Opening remarks by Government of Panama
Opening remarks by the CoP-31 Chair, IAI Executive Council Chair
Opening remarks by the Executive Director
Administrative and financial matters
10:00 - 10:45
1 Approval of the agenda IAI/COP/31/1 English Spanish
2 Election of Chair and CoP Bureau No document
3 Approval of the Report of the 30th meeting of the Conference of the Parties and the Report of the 2023 Extraordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties

IAI/COP/31/3 English - Spanish

IAI/COP/31/3(a) English - Spanish

4 Report of the Standing Committee for Rules and Procedures No document
5 Report of the Credentials Committee No document
Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:00
Financial and Budgetary matters
6 a. Annex 1: Overview of the Financial Status for FY 2022-2023 IAI/COP/31/6a English Spanish
b. Annex 2: Core Budget and Country Contributions for FY 2023-2024 and Preliminary request 2024-2026 IAI/COP/31/6b English Spanish
c. Annex 3: Auditors Report IAI/COP/31/6c  English Spanish
d. Annex 4: Report of the Financial and Administrative Committee (FAC)

IAI/COP/31/6d  English Spanish

Executive Council
11:30 – 12:30

Report from the Executive Council

a. Decision XXX/4: Recruitment for the post of Executive Director

b. Presentation on vision by the incoming Executive Director - Download the presentation (in Spanish)

c. Decision XXIX/9: Update on Initiative for conducting a national climate assessment in support on adaptation and mitigation: Training and capacity building in Latin America and the Caribbean - Download the presentation

IAI/COP/31/7/a English Spanish 

IAI/COP/31/7/b English - Spanish 

IAI/COP/31/7/c English - Spanish 

8 Election of Executive Council members No document
12:30 – 13:45
Global Change Science Policy Advances and Priorities: Updates from Parties
13:45 – 17:00
Panama (13:45-15:15)
Coffee Break
15:15 – 15:30

Other IAI member states (15:30-17:00)

Presentation by Bolivia - Download the presentation (in Spanish)

Presentation by Brazil - Download the presentation 

Presentation by Guatemala - Download the presentation (in Spanish)

Presentation by Paraguay  - Download the presentation (in Spanish)

Presentation by Perú  - Download the presentation (in Spanish)

Presentation by Uruguay - Download the presentation (in Spanish)

Welcome dinner offered by the Government of Panama
19:00 - 21:00
2nd session, 9:00-17:00
Thursday, 22 June 2023
The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and the Science Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC)
9:00 – 10:30
9 Election of SAC and SPAC members No document
10 Joint Report of the SAC/SPAC - Download the presentation IAI/COP/31/10 English - Spanish
Coffee Break 10:30 – 11:00
Report of the IAI Directorate
11:00 - 12:00
11 Discussions with Panama on the establishment of a regional office IAI/COP/31/11 English - Spanish
12 Article XI: Associates of the Institute: University of the West Indies No document

IAI Directorate summary report

a) Science  - Download the presentation (in Spanish)
i. Decision XXX/6: Report of the Gender and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

IAI/COP/31/13 English - Spanish

IAI/COP/31/13/a/i English - Spanish

12:00 – 13:30
Report of the IAI Directorate (Continued)
13:30 – 15:30

b) Capacity Building - Download the presentation
i. Decision XXX/9: Report of the Steering Committee for the Center for Science Diplomacy
ii. Presentation by SteP Fellows

c) Data and information - Download the presentation (in Spanish)
i. Website and social media analytics

d) Report on implementation of the IAI Strategic Plan - Download the presentation
i. The IAI regional assessment 

e) Update on partnership with the Belmont Forum and collaborative research actions (CRAs) - Download the presentation

IAI/COP/31/13/b/i English - Spanish

IAI/COP/31/13/b/ii English - Spanish

IAI/COP/31/13/c/i English - Spanish

IAI/COP/31/13/d/i English - Spanish

IAI/COP/31/13/e English - Spanish

Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:00
Outstanding items and conclusion of meeting
16:00 – 17:00
14 Determination of the time and venue of the next regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties, 2024 and offers from Parties to host the meeting No document
15 Closing remarks (Parties, Observers, IAI Directorate) No document
16 Closing of meeting: Representative from the Government of Panama No document

Closure of the CoP dinner offered by the Government of Panama
19:00 - 21:00


Information documents

IAI/COP/INFO/1:  Rules of the Conference of the Parties of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research English - Spanish

IAI/COP/INFO/2:  Report of the Americas Conference on Solar Radiation Modification: Science, Governance and Implications for the Region,
University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, 24-25 August 2022 English - Spanish

IAI/COP/INFO/3: Vacancy announcement for the post of Executive Director of the IAI English - Spanish

IAI/COP/INFO/4: Draft of the implementation plan for the Gender, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy for IAI Scientific Projects and Capacity Building Activities English - Spanish

IAI/COP/INFO/5: IAI Brochure English - Spanish - Portuguesse

IAI/COP/INFO/6: STeP English

IAI/COP/INFO/7: 2023 Newsletter report English

IAI/COP/INFO/8: Information Document: IAI Gender and EDI Policy Draft Implementation Plan English - Spanish

IAI/COP/INFO/9: Regional workshop on Climate, Environment and Health English

IAI/COP/INFO/10: GEWEX 2023 - 2032 Science Plan English



Decisions of CoP-31

English- Spanish 





Notification IAIUYDIR/2023/04: 55th meeting of the Executive Council (EC-55), 31st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP-31) and back-to-back meetings, Panama City, Panama English - Spanish

Notification IAIUYDIR/2023/09: Financial support for national representatives to participate in the 55th meeting of the Executive Council (EC-55) and in the 31tst meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP-31) English - Spanish

Notification IAIUYDIR/2023/11: Invitation to Parties to Submit Nominations for Representatives to the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and Science-Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC) English - Spanish - Annex English - Annex Spanish

Notification IAIUYDIR/2023/17: The Science Diplomacy Center Side Event at the 31st Meeting of the IAI Conference of the Parties, 21 June 2023, 17:00-18:30 in Panama City, Panama English - Spanish

Notification IAIUYDIR/20/18: CoP-31 and EC-55 official documents available English - Spanish

Notification IAIUYDIR/202: SAC and SPAC nominations received and elections procedures  English - Spanish

Notification IAIUYDIR/2023/19:  Invitation to Parties to present initiatives during CoP-31 and an invitation to a science-policy event briefing on the results of the Small Grants Program "The Role of Ecosystem Services in Global Change Adaptation for Human Well-Being."  English Spanish

Notification IAIUYDIR/2023/20: Meeting venue of the 31st meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the 55th meeting of the Executive Council and the Joint meeting of the SAC/SPAC  English Spanish - Annex English - Annex Spanish

Notification IAIUYDIR/2023/22: SAC and SPAC nominations received and elections procedures English - Spanish







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Final report

English - Spanish

Logistical information

English - Spanish


Science Diplomacy Center Side Event

21 June 2023



Hotel Las Américas Golden Tower Panamá

Salón Gran Titanio


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This event will take place during the 31st meeting of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) Conference of the Parties, with the aim to present the vision, mission, and goals of the IAI’s recently launched Science Diplomacy Center (SDC), discuss regional case studies on science diplomacy, identify needs in capacity building and processes related to science-policy, and explore how the Center can best support national and regional priorities as identified by Parties. Other information on the SDC can be found here:

This side event will facilitate the engagement with member states, and discussions will identify the top three (3) flagship activities of the Center for the next three (3) years. The event is designed to ensure active participation, facilitate dynamic discussions on specific topics related to science diplomacy and the role of the Science Diplomacy Center in the region, allowing for a diverse range of perspectives to be heard. This will also ensure that member states collaboratively design the Center's initiatives as well as reinforce their ownership and engagement in the SDC's activities.

Discussion topics will focus on:

  • Institutional Mechanisms for Science Diplomacy, which will discuss the challenges, and potential impact of a national science diplomacy strategy, as well as how science can be used as a tool for diplomatic relations, fostering collaboration, and promoting national and regional development.
  • Capacity Building in Science Diplomacy which will focus on the practical capacity-building needs in science diplomacy for the Americas, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean region. Participants can share their insights on the areas that require further development, potential solutions, strategies for enhancing the science diplomacy knowledge, skills and networks of government officials, and the potential role of the Science Diplomacy Center to facilitate these activities. The discussions may touch upon training programs, resource allocation, and partnerships to address capacity-building needs effectively.
  • Emerging Topics and the SDC Knowledge Hub which will focus on emerging topics in science, technology, and diplomacy where the discussion will center on the latest topics, breakthroughs, and challenges in these areas, as well as their implications for the Americas. The discussion will also involve exploring the role of the Science Diplomacy Center (SDC) Knowledge Hub and its potential contributions to addressing emerging issues.
Time Item

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Anna Stewart, IAI Executive Director

Marcella Ohira, IAI Deputy Executive Director


Panama Science Diplomacy Case Study

Panama, CoP31 host country, will share their experience in science diplomacy, including the establishment of the first national science diplomacy strategy in Latin America.

  • Milagro Mainieri, Director of Innovation and Development, SENACYT Panama

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) will provide an example of the role of science in diplomacy by sharing its experience working with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to shift shipping lanes to protect migratory whale species.

  • Hector Guzman, Marine Biologist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Co-Design Session:

Participants will rotate in stations (15 min each) to discuss and contribute to the flagship initiatives of the SDC 2023-2026


Station 1: Why is science diplomacy important to support regional collaboration (multilateralism) among member states in global environmental change related issues? How can the IAI SDC support national strategies, plans, programs and other institutional mechanisms?

  • Chair: Milagro Mainieri, Panama Focal Point and Vicechair of IAI Executive Council
  • SAC/SPAC co-chair: Omar Lopez
  • IAI Representative: Kim Portmess
  • STeP Fellow: Rosario Quintero

Station 2: What are the priority capacity-building needs and skills for government officials?

  • Chair: Carlos Matsumoto, Brazil Focal Point, MCTI
  • SAC/SPAC co-chair: Carol Franco
  • IAI Representative: Marcella Ohira
  • STeP Fellow: Anne Teresa Birthwright

Station 3: What are the priority topics and emerging issues in global environmental change the SDC should focus on? What kind of resources are needed in the SDC Knowledge Hub?

  • Chair: Maria Uhle, US Focal Point, NSF USA
  • SAC/SPAC co-chair: Javier Garcia Garza
  • IAI Representative: Marcos Regis da Silva
  • STeP Fellow: Brian Leung

Report & Closing

Science-Policy Briefing Side Event


20 June 2023



Hotel Las Américas Golden Tower Panamá

Salón Gran Titanio


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This session aims to provide a high-level synthesis of the main findings from the six research projects funded by the Small Grants Program: The role of ecosystem services in adapting to global change for human well-being (SGP-HW). During the event, each research team will present the key policy-related findings to an audience that includes IAI focal points, members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, members of the Science and Policy Advisory Committee, STeP Program fellows, staff from the Directorate, representatives from Panama, including the National Secretariat for Science, Technology, and Innovation (SENACYT), the Ministry of Environment of Panama, and other interested ministries and departments, as well as observers.


Science and Policy Briefing Session Agenda

Time Agenda Item
14:30 1 Opening comments on the SGP Program by Omar R. López Alfano, Chair of the IAI Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)
14:45 2

1st Session: Water resources governance

Presentations (10 minutes each team):

1- SGP-HW 017: Small-scale Fisheries and Marine Ecosystem Services: Adaptation and Transformation to Secure Human Wellbeing.

Presentation by Jeremy Pittman and Mauricio Castrejón

2- SGP-HW 056: Transforming water governance in South America: from reaction to adaptation and anticipation.

Presentation by Pedro Torres and Lucía Berón

3- SGP-HW 091: Improving the governance of the floodplain in over-built river basins.

Presentation by Guilherme Marques, Emilio Carlos Prandi and Suraya Damas O. Modaelli

15:15 3 1st. Round Q&A
15:45 4 Coffee Break
16:15 5

2nd. Session: Climate action based in transdisciplinary science

Presentations (10 minutes each team):

1- SGP-HW 016: MAP-FIRE: Multi-Actor Adaptation Plan to cope with Forests under Increasing Risk of Extensive fires.

Presentation by Liana Anderson and Marco Antonio Albornoz

2- SGP-HW 090: Socio-ecological resilience in the face of global environmental change in heterogeneous landscapes – building a common platform for understanding and action

Presentation by Diego Cabrol and Alberto Salas

3- SGP-HW 072: Incorporating Local and Traditional Knowledge Systems: New Insights for Ecosystem Services and Transdisciplinary Collaborations.

Presentation by Lily House-Peters and Jorge Rubiano

16:45 6 2nd. Round Q&A
17:15 7 Closing remarks by Evelia Rivera Arriaga, Chair of the IAI Scientific-Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC)