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October 2011
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Next stop Jeju!

The eleven Regional Conservation Fora have now concluded following an intensive round of events that started in May, with the Kuwait Fora for Members in West Asia, and ended in October with events in Santo Domingo and Rabat for Members in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and North Africa respectively.
Members came together to discuss regional priorities and programmes, to debate global governance, prepare for the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress and input into the draft IUCN Programme for 2013-2016.

> Read the full article
> Regional Conservation Fora - links to web pages
IUCN Regional Conservation Fora took place across the globe between May and October 2011


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

> Action now to save polar bears
> IUCN Member Tiniguena celebrates 20 years
> Biodiversity goes local in Southeastern Europe
> Carrots and sticks for sustainable biofuels
> Members from Mexico, Central America & Caribbean celebrate successful Forum
> Asia Regional Conservation Forum Commences in Incheon
> Optimistic times for IUCN in North Africa
> Seizing the Arab Spring for nature
> Strengthening our work in North Africa
> Support for development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific
> 2,2 million Euros to African NGOs for environmental action
> Establishing IPBES: deadlines are set, work in progress
> Looking for a leader
> Women, Climate Change, Nepal
> Technology to address Climate Change must be nature based
> Penguin patrol
> Nature loses a heroine
> CNN iReport: IUCN water project in the spotlight
> IUCN State Members working to meet Aichi Targets through Regional Cooperation
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IUCN @ Rio+20

2012 will be an important year for the international community and IUCN. The Rio+20 Conference will be held in June and, three months later, the IUCN World Conservation Congress will take place in Jeju, Republic of Korea. The IUCN Congress will be an opportunity to continue practical discussions on how we move forward in implementing the sustainable development goals. IUCN’s draft position papers on Green Economy and Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development were recently circulated to Members.

> Read IUCN’s position papers
> IUCN: a crucial actor in the Rio+20 process
> Rio+20 web pages
Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development

REMINDER: Council positions to be elected at 2012 Congress

IUCN's Members and Commission members are called on to participate in the governance of the Union and contribute to the election process for the next IUCN Council 2012-2016.

Information concerning the election of Council members at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in Jeju, Republic of Korea from 6 to 15 September 2012, has been sent to IUCN Members and Commission members and is also available on the Members' Portal.

> More information
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Extension of the Call for Contributions for the Forum of the IUCN World Conservation Congress

Many excellent proposals have already been submitted and enthusiasm seems to have grown significantly during the last few days. So, in order for you to have time to sharpen your proposals, we have decided to extend the deadline for you to submit your proposals until the 31 October 2011.

Any inquiries should be sent to congressforum@iucn.org

> How to submit a proposal for the Forum
Forum discussion at the 2008 IUCN World Conservation Congress

Applications for IUCN Membership

The list of applications and the descriptions of the organisations and institutions to be considered by the IUCN Council at its 13-15 February 2012 meeting has been sent to IUCN Members.The deadline to object to an application is 30 November 2011.
Representatives of IUCN Member organizations/institutions (focal points for relations with IUCN) who have not yet received this information should contact membership@iucn.org  

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2012 World Conservation Congress

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

> Nature+ drives the next Congress
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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 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

Research on great apes in the Goualougo Triangle, Republic of Congo


Remember that Members are entitled to a 33.3% discount when purchasing books in the IUCN Publications catalogue!
Send us news of your new publications to: membership@iucn.org 

> Access recent IUCN Publications
Children of French Polynesia with books from the Honu Toolkit

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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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