The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. It is involved in data gathering and analysis, research, field projects, advocacy, lobbying and education. IUCN’s mission is to “influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.”
Over the past decades, IUCN has widened its focus beyond conservation ecology and now incorporates issues related to gender equality, poverty alleviation and sustainable business in its projects. Unlike other international NGOs, IUCN does not itself aim to mobilize the public in support of nature conservation. It tries to influence the actions of governments, business and other stakeholders by providing information and advice, and through lobbying and partnerships. The organization is best known to the wider public for compiling and publishing the IUCN Red List, which assesses the conservation status of species worldwide.
IUCN has a membership of over 1200 governmental and non-governmental organizations. Some 11,000 scientists and experts participate in the work of IUCN commissions on a voluntary basis. It employs approximately 1000 full-time staff in more than 60 countries. Its headquarters are in Gland, Switzerland.
About the IUCN Congress
The Congress is the world’s largest environmental and nature conservation event.
The Congress history
- Since 1948, the IUCN World Conservation Congress has been held every 2-4 years in all corners of the world
- Past IUCN Congresses have been important in building consensus that have led to CITES, CBD and Ramsar Convention.
- IUCN Congresses have also identified issues ahead of their time e.g. warning about the impact of insecticides in the 1950s; discussing impacts of climate change in the 1960s; and advocating ‘sustainable development’ in the 1970s
The Congress theme – planet at the crossroads – frames the debate between meeting the immediate needs of human civilization and the long-term impacts doing so may have on the planet’s capacity to support life.
Some of the key speakers at Congress include:
- Sally Jewell, Secretary of Interior, Unites States Government
- HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
- Dr Sylvia Earle, Founder, Mission Blue
- Dr Jane Goodall, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute
- Ms Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO
- Ms Naoko Ishii, CEO, the Global Environmental Facility
- Mr John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora
- Mr Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UNEP
- Ms Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Complete List of Speaks at Congress: http://iucnworldconservationcongress.org/programa/speakers
Congress Schedule of Events: http://www.iucnworldconservationcongress.org/programme/schedule-events
IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016
September 1 – 10, 2016
Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i
Hawai’i Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i