In a rapidly changing and interdependent world, the battle for the conservation of nature is not one of individual attempts anymore. Today more than ever before, the world needs irreversible transformational changes, and these will only be achieved through a collective effort where actions at all scales complement and build on each other. IUCN is in a unique position to deliver such a model of work through mobilizing the power of its Members (States, Government agencies, and NGOs), National Committees, Commissions and Secretariat. Nature is our joint responsibility, and only joint action will allow us to progress.
In a global context of growing population, glaring inequality and a precarious environmental base, the 2015 Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia will show the actions that IUCN Members and partners are taking – today – to collaborate to balance the economic, social and environmental strands of sustainable development, highlighting not just the perils of delaying action, but also the options that exist to transform sustainable development from theory to reality and jointly create the future we want.