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2012 IUCN Congress Resolutions

Resolutions and recommendations from the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress are now available online in English, French and Spanish, along with the related voting records. 
The Resolutions process remains 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. These Resolutions and Recommendations, together with the IUCN Programme 2013-2016, constitute the foundation for the work of the Union and assist IUCN in achieving its Mission.

> 2012 IUCN Congress Resolutions and Recommendations
> IUCN Programme 2013-2016
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A selection of the latest conservation news from and for Members featured on the IUCN website:

> Women take action in the face of climate change
> Championing conservation in China
> When conservation and borders coincide
> IUCN Director General receives Hungarian Pro Natura Award
> IUCN UK National Committee at work
> Zoos and aquariums support biodiversity decade
> Study raises concern over international trade in python skins
> Putting polar bears on the agenda
> IUCN supports Cook Islands to create the world's largest marine park
> Discovering biodiversity: 300 meters deep in the Italian sea
> Hydro-diplomacy: Bridging the gap between science, policy and action
> New head of IUCN Science and Knowledge
> Med Event in Tunisia
> Action plan for Central African marine protected areas launched with RAPAC
Polar bear


The 18th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is taking place in Doha, Qatar from 26 November to 7 December 2012.
According to IUCN, the great potential of nature as a cost-effective and no-regret solution to the climate challenge should be one of the central issues of the Doha debate.
"We have to realise that implementing the solutions that nature provides doesn’t come at the cost of jobs or economic growth," says Stewart Maginnis, Director of IUCN's Environment and Development Group. "With many countries and communities already using solutions offered by nature to adapt to the devastating impacts of climate change and to reduce their dangerous greenhouse gas emissions, more needs to be done to promote these solutions globally."

> Find out more about IUCN’s position here
> Stay up to date: IUCN web pages for UNFCCC COP18


Following the conclusion of the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP11), the last edition of the IUCN@CBD-COP11 bulletin provides highlights of key issues at COP11 and a summary of IUCN's contribution to and engagement at the event.

> Click here to download the newsletter
> IUCN webpages for CBD COP11
Juvenile elephants, Kaziranga National Park, India

Save Our Species (SOS) update: 25 new projects

IUCN's flagship species conservation initiative Save Our Species (SOS) is expanding its work with US$ 2.5 million funding for 25 new projects.
The new SOS projects will be implemented by NGOs – including a number of IUCN Members – from across the Americas, Africa and Asia, starting immediately. They will focus on a broad range of species groups that have been assessed by the IUCN Red List, including small marine mammals, freshwater African fish, tropical terrestrial Asian vertebrates and cycads – one of the world's oldest plant groups. The projects will address conservation needs of some of our most threatened species such as the vaquita, the world's smallest dolphin which is Critically Endangered in its only home, the Gulf of California or the Javan and Sumatran rhinoceroses, also in urgent need of support and protection. More information.
The next call for proposals for SOS threatened species grants will be communicated to Members in due time. 

> Sign up to receive the SOS newsletter
> Find out more about SOS projects and grants

IUCN Members' Portal: new look - new features!

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.

> NEW 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

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

Children of French Polynesia with books from the Honu Toolkit


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

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.

Photo credits: Header © Aniszewski/Dreamstime.com; 2012 IUCN Congress logo © IUCN; Polar bear © SOS; Mangrove © Maeve Nightingale; Juvenile elephants © Steve Winter; SOS logo © SOS; Penguin © Jim Thorsell; Jaguar © Imène Meliane; Children in French Polynesia © Te mano o te moana; Publications © IUCN; ICC Jeju & Mt. Halla © Jeju Special Self Governing Province.