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News from the IUCN Council meeting

IUCN extends a very warm welcome to our 8 new Members, admitted during the 81st meeting of the IUCN Council, held from 29-30 January 2013 in Gland, Switzerland. Click on the websites below to find out about their activities and projects:
- Društvo za zaštitu prirodnog naslijeđa [Natural Heritage Protection Society]- ARBOR MAGNA, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Fonds de Dotation pour la Biodiversité (FDB) [The Endowment Fund for Biodiversity], France
- Forum Congolais de la société civile du bassin du Nil (DRCNDF/FCBN) [Democratic Republic of Congo National Discourse Forum], Congo (DRO
- International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), Thailand
- Lao Biodiversity Association (LBA), Lao (No website) 
- Regional Centre for Development Cooperation (RCDC), India
- SOVON Vogelonderzoek Nederland (SOVON) [Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology], The Netherlands
- Synergies & Développement (SYDEV) [Synergy & Development], Guinea (No website)


We are pleased to inform you that the IUCN Council also appointed four Vice-Presidents for the period 2013-16: Mr. Malik Amin Aslam Khan (Pakistan), Mr. Miguel Pellerano (Argentina), Dr John Robinson (USA) and Ms Marina von Weissenberg (Finland). IUCN's President, Zhang Xinsheng of China, was elected during the recent IUCN Congress, held in September 2012 in the Republic of Korea. Click here to view the profiles of all of the IUCN Councillors for the current term, including those of the newly appointed Vice-Presidents.
The full list of Council decisions will shortly be circulated when available in English, French and Spanish. This information, along with a wealth of news from and for Members is all available on the IUCN Members' portal. Kindly note that the Members' portal will soon become the preferred means of communications and Union Pulse will only be produced as and when necessary. An update on developments on the Members' portal will be communicated via email in the coming weeks.

Vice-Presidents of IUCN 2013-2016: Mr. Malik Amin Aslam Khan, Pakistan; Mr. Miguel Pellerano, Argentina; Dr John Robinson, USA;  and Ms Marina von Weissenberg, Finland. 
(Top row then bottom row l-r)


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

> Call to action for Water, Energy and Food Security
> Energy utility RWE and IUCN join forces for nature
> Community Cats
> A recipe linking nature and people
> The Nature of Risk: a message to world leaders at Davos
> IUCN CEC Annual Report 2012
> Rhinos in crisis
> Lebanon's Marine Protected Areas Strategy
> IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 build-up underway
> National Policy Workshop in Jordan
> Helping nature help us
Rhinoceros in the Kunene National Park, Namibia

Leaders wanted for sixth IUCN World Parks Congress

The sixth IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC), due to be held in Sydney, Australia from 12-19 November 2014, is themed Parks, People, Planet : Inspiring Solutions and will be designed to position protected areas firmly within the broader global goals of economic and community well-being.
Guided by the IUCN Council, the International Steering Committee for the WPC has initiated the process of identifying the major "work streams" for the WPC. Leaders of these "streams" will be instrumental in organizing a successful Congress and setting the agenda for future conservation priorities and action. Click here for more information on WPC Stream Leads and how to make proposals for the leadership of streams.

> More information on the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress
Sydney Harbour National Park

IUCN 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 other Members, and to access interesting opportunities: jobs, funding and awards.
You can retrieve your personal account details and change your password via the IUCN Accounts Management system. Please refer to the online guide for assistance on posting your news and information.

> IUCN Members' Portal

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 sea turtle swimming in a shallow coral reef

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

Diver enjoying the experience of diving on biodiverse and healthy Egyptian coral reefs. Photo by HEPCA


IUCN has one of the world’s most comprehensive ranges of authoritative publications, reports, guidelines and databases for conservation and sustainable development.
Send us news of your new publications to: membership@iucn.org 

> Access recent IUCN Publications
IUCN Publications

2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2012 World Conservation Congress took place from 6 to 15 September 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea.

> Congress web pages
ICC Jeju (far right) and Mt. Halla, Jeju, Republic of Korea

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IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

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