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April 2012
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Global platform on biodiversity and its benefits established

After several years of international negotiations, the final operational design of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was agreed upon during the Second Plenary Session to build IPBES held in Panama City, Panama, from 16-21 April 2012.
IUCN, due to its extensive experience with science, knowledge and policy tools on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and its nature as a multi-stakeholder union bringing together over 1,200 government and non-government Member organizations and engaging 12,000 scientists in a unique knowledge network of 6 Commissions, has a lot to offer to IPBES. Having contributed to the negotiation process for the establishment of IPBES since 2008, IUCN is ready, willing, and able to support the work of IPBES.

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> IUCN Knowledge products for IPBES
Holding nature


A selection of the latest conservation news from and for Members featured on the IUCN website.

> Celebrating Earth Day
> National Committee Chairs rev up for Congress
> IUCN Members in Malawi speak on environmental issues
> French National Committee advocates for regional biodiversity strategies
> 2020VISION: UK photographers making space for nature
> Spain prepares for World Conservation Congress
> UK Protected Areas - Natural Solutions Conference
> IUCN Director General calls for women’s access to energy
> New IUCN Water Case Studies
> Kenton Miller Award: innovation in Protected Areas Management
> Christine Milne leader of Australian Green Party
> Conservation heroes recognized by Species Survival Commission
> Asian vultures fly back from brink of extinction
Mekong at Sunset. Th Mekong River Basin is featured in the new IUCN Water Case Studies

REMINDER: IUCN Motions Process

Please remember that you can visit the Motions Blog to post your motions and discuss and comment on other Members' motions. 
Motions for the IUCN World Conservation Congress must be submitted via email (word file) to motions@iucn.org up until 9 May 2012.
The Motions process is a central element of IUCN's governance system and an important means by which Members can influence future directions in the conservation community and seek international support in various conservation issues. Don't wait until the last minute!  

> More information on how to submit motions
> IUCN Motions Blog
Members' Assembly

Book an exhibition stand at Congress

The Exhibition is a key element of the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Situated in prime locations on the grounds of the International Convention Centre Jeju (ICCJ), it presents a good opportunity for IUCN Members, Commissions and partners to showcase how their organization and projects relate to the Congress themes and the IUCN Programme 2013-2016.
Bookings can be made online until 15 May 2012 through the dedicated Exhibition portal. Exhibitors must be eco-friendly in their approach.

> More information: exhibition portal and detailed guidelines
Book an exhibition stand at Congress

Congress Forum just a few clicks away

Enhance your experience of the Forum and visit the dedicated web-spaces, which have been specifically designed to give easy access to important information surrounding the event. Open to all, this online portal gathers the entire Forum content in one central place. This allows participants to navigate through the many Forum sessions ahead of Congress, identify those they wish to attend and make the most out of their participation.

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> Go to the web-spaces
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Forum web-spaces for the 2012 IUCN Congress

IUCN: Draft agenda and documents for Congress

The documentation is available in electronic format from the IUCN Congress website in our three official languages: English, French and Spanish. You can choose to download the entire set in one file, or to download individual documents.
Additional documentation will be circulated by 8 July 2012 together with the motions proposed by IUCN Members as reviewed by the Resolutions Working Group of Council, for consideration at the World Conservation Congress.

> Draft agenda and documents for Congress
IUCN World Conservation Congress logo

2012 World Conservation Congress

 Stay up to date with developments on the new Congress web pages.

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International Convention Centre, Jeju

IUCN expert Commissions

 Latest Commission newsletters/reports:

> Commission on Education and Communication (CEC)
> Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)
> Commission on Environmental Law (CEL)
> Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM)
> Species Survival Commission (SSC)
> World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
> Join a Commission
Juvenile Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Members' Portal

This is an exclusive platform for Members to share knowledge, engage with other IUCN Members and learn about new opportunities. Visit the Members' Portal to view recent information from the IUCN Council and Secretariat and to access interesting opportunities: jobs, funding and awards.

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IUCN Conservation tools

Take advantage of our conservation databases and tools that have already proved helpful to hundreds of organizations!
Access a range of Open Access Journals here

Drama performance about sea turtle conservation by trainees


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Send us news of your new publications to: membership@iucn.org 

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Photo credits: Header © Aniszewski@ Dreamstime.com; Holding nature © Christophe Iaïchouchen; Mekong at Sunset © Dick Watling/IUCN Lao PDR; Members’ Assembly © IUCN; Exhibition © SXC.hu; Forum web-spaces © IUCN; Congress logo © Jeju IUCN; ICC Jeju © Jeju Special Self Governing Province; Juvenile Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) © Andre Seale; Parrot © Gabriel Dávila; Training © IUCN; Publications © IUCN