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May 2012
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Candidates for IUCN Council 2013-2016: Who gets your vote?

This year in September, IUCN Members will vote at the upcoming Congress in Jeju to elect the President, the Treasurer, six Commission Chairs and three Councilors for each of the eight statutory regions of the Union. The names of running candidates for each position were announced in March 2012.
To enable Members to make an informed choice, candidates' web pages are now available on the IUCN Congress website to present detailed information on each of the 49 contenders. There is a page for each candidate where you can view personal messages from each candidate; additional background information and the candidate's photo.
IUCN Members can also leave comments and/or ask questions in the commenting spaces for each candidate, in English, French or Spanish. Representatives of Members should please clearly note their Member organization name in the comment box. Please understand that candidates may only be able to respond to queries left in the languages they are familiar with (as indicated on the candidates' web pages).

> Discover the 49 candidates here
Raise your hands to vote


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

> Endangered Wildlife Trust saving Dugongs
> EUROPARC celebrates European Day of Parks
> Festival of Nature challenge: installation of 10,000 nest boxes in France
> Mountain chicken frogs back in Montserrat
> Saola still a mystery 20 years after its spectacular debut
> New online elephant database launched
> Vacancy: Head, IUCN Science and Knowledge Management
> The hidden wonders of marine biodiversity
> Large dams in West Africa: building dialogue

Online discussion area: Statutory amendments proposed by Council

During the 2009-12 intersessional period, the IUCN Council prepared ten proposals for Congress to amend the IUCN Statutes and the Rules of Procedure of the World Conservation Congress. These were issued to IUCN Members together with the other Congress documents on 5 April 2012. A discussion area for each of the ten Council proposals has been opened online.
IUCN Members are encouraged to participate in the online discussion. You will need your username/password to share comments and questions on the discussion area. If you are unsure of your login details, please use the IUCN Accounts Management system.

> Access the online discussion area here
Shoal of fish of the carangidae family off Rangiroa atoll

SOS Call for Proposals for Threatened Species Grants

The Second SOS Call for Proposals for Threatened Species Grants is now open and will close on 22 June 2012. IUCN Members are welcome to apply for an SOS grant for one of the following Strategic Directions: threatened tropical terrestrial Asian vertebrates; threatened small marine mammals; threatened cycads; threatened freshwater African animals.
SOS - Save Our Species is a joint initiative of IUCN, the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank supported by Nokia and the Fonds français pour l'environnement mondial (FFEM). Its objective is to ensure the long-term survival of threatened species and their habitats.

> Apply for a grant
> SOS – Save our Species website
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IPBES - everything you wanted to know!

Find out more about IUCN's contribution to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in a special edition newsletter, which includes: a message from the IUCN Director General, IUCN IPBES news, information on the IUCN products and services which could support IPBES, useful resources and upcoming events, including an IPBES workshop at Congress!

> View the special edition IPBES newsletter here

Motions update

The deadline to submit motions expired on 9 May, in line with the Statutes, and the motions blog is now closed. Submitted motions are currently being reviewed, edited and translated by the Resolutions Working Group, with the assistance of the IUCN Secretariat. The list of the titles of all motions submitted can be downloaded on the Congress website here.
On 8 July, 60 days before the opening of the Congress, all motions as reviewed by the Resolutions Working Group will be published in the three languages on the motions website. After that date, the motions blog will be reopened to allow Members to discuss the motions prior to the opening of the Congress.

> More information
Members' Assembly

IUCN – Thomson Reuters Environmental Media Award

Enter an article by 15 June for an award honouring exceptional environmental journalism. The winner of the 2012 Award will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, from 6 to 15 September 2012, to attend the 2012 World Conservation Congress. Your article should focus on an environmental issue, ideally relating nature to human well-being.

> More information: rules of entry and submission guidelines
IUCN - Thomson Reuters Media Award

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
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2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress

6-15 September 2012, Jeju, Republic of Korea

> Stay up to date with developments on the Congress web pages
> Sign up for the 'Countdown to Congress' newsletter
> Congress registration
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
Platymantis vitiensis, Fiji Tree Frog

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


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.

> Members' Portal


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 

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