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IUCN: The next four years

The IUCN World Conservation Congress came to a close on 15 September after ten days of intense debates and deliberations. We encourage you to browse through the wealth of Congress news, resolutions, videos and photo galleries on our website and we are pleased to share some of the highlights with you in this edition of Union Pulse.
Mr Zhang Xinsheng of China was elected President of IUCN. Members also elected the Treasurer, Chairs of the six IUCN Commissions and Regional Councillors.
The Members' Assembly approved the new IUCN Programme, effectively defining where the Union's efforts will be directed for the next four years. More detailed information is available below.
Members adopted a significant number of resolutions and recommendations, which will be used to influence future directions in the conservation community and seek international support for pressing conservation issues. The global membership team will closely follow up on the specific resolutions related to membership matters and looks forward to engaging with Members and National and Regional Committees in this process.
The Forum was a great success offering a unique platform for debates, workshops, dialogues, roundtable discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions. One of the key features of the Forum was the World Leaders Dialogues: a series of moderated public debates tackling the most strategic issues related to conservation and sustainable development themes.
Members will shortly be invited to participate in the official IUCN Congress evaluation. We urge you to share your feedback through the concise online survey. Should you wish to provide any additional detailed feedback on membership services, you can also write to membership@iucn.org  

IUCN's new President, Zhang Xinsheng with Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General
> Congress news
> IUCN Resolutions
> New IUCN Council
> IUCN Programme 2013-16 (adopted)
> Forum summaries: conservation trends
> World Leaders Dialogues
> IUCN Congress website
> Congress videos
> Congress photo galleries
> Video: Members' Voices
> Video: Emotions in motion
IUCN Congress 2012

IUCN welcomes 48 new Members

On 5 September 2012, the 79th Meeting of the IUCN Council, meeting at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea, admitted 48 new Members to IUCN. The Council, President, Director General and entire family of IUCN extend a very warm welcome to the new Members and look forward to their active involvement.

> View the list of new IUCN Members
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Membership services: a priority for IUCN's new President

Mr Zhang Xinsheng of China will lead IUCN for the next four years. He succeeds Ashok Khosla, who successfully represented IUCN since the last Congress held in Barcelona. The newly-elect President of IUCN speaks about his hopes and plans for the future.

> Video: The next four years according to Zhang Xinsheng
> IUCN's new President elected
Mr. Zhang Xinsheng

Charting IUCN's course for the next four years

The IUCN Programme 2013-16 is driven by two features of life today: Global production and consumption patterns are destroying our life support system – nature – at persistent and dangerously high rates. And people, communities, governments and private actors are under-using the power of nature and the solutions it can provide to global challenges such as climate change, food security, social and economic development. IUCN calls these nature-based solutions.
The new IUCN Programme aims to mobilize and unite communities working for biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and poverty reduction in common efforts to halt biodiversity loss and apply nature-based solutions.

> More information
> IUCN Programme 2013-16 (adopted)

IUCN Congress recognises conservation greats

IUCN awarded its two highest medals to outstanding individuals of the conservation world at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, and eleven other conservation greats were granted honorary membership of IUCN. A number of distinguished Commission awards were also bestowed.
British naturalist and broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough, was honoured with IUCN's highest conservation award, the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal. The winner of the Harold Jefferson Coolidge Memorial Medal for outstanding contributions to conservation of nature and natural resources was Dr. Wolfgang E. Burhenne of Germany, the Executive Governor of the International Council on Environmental Law.
Honorary Membership of IUCN was awarded to eleven outstanding individuals: Dr Abdulaziz Abuzinada (Saudi Arabia); Ms Angela Cropper (Trinidad and Tobago); Dr Aila Keto (Australia); His Excellency, The State President, Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama (Botswana);
Mr Veit Koester (Denmark); Dr Russell Mittermeier (USA); Dr Ian Player (South Africa); Professor Nicholas Robinson (USA); Dr Marina Silva (Brazil); Mr Achim Steiner (Germany); Professor Randolph Robert Thaman (Fiji).

> More information including Sir David’s acceptance video
> Photo gallery of the Awards Ceremony
Award winners Sir David Attenborough and Dr. Wolfgang E. Burhenne.

COP11 – Hyderabad, India

CBD COP11 will be held in Hyderabad, India, from 8-19 October 2012, and will include a high-level ministerial segment from 17-19 October 2012. COP11 is the first meeting of the Parties in the UN Decade for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the first since the adoption of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its twenty Aichi Targets. COP11 thus presents a good opportunity to take stock of progress made since the Nagoya COP in 2010 and progress in the implementation of its decisions.
The IUCN@COP11 web pages contain key information regarding IUCN’s participation at Hyderabad, position papers and much more. Stay posted!

> IUCN@COP11 web pages
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IUCN Members' Portal: new look - new features!

We are pleased to announce that the Members' portal has been further developed on a new platform. 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.
Your existing login information is valid for the new portal, and can also be used to access other IUCN systems (Motions blog, Forum web-spaces, etc.). 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)
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Platymantis vitiensis, Fiji Tree Frog

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2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress

6-15 September 2012, Jeju, Republic of Korea

> Congress web pages
International Convention Centre, Jeju

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