Participating in the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress

02 September 2011 | News story

The World Conservation Congress to be held in Jeju, the Republic of South Korea from 6th to 15th September 2012 offers a unique opportunity to influence the global conservation agenda. With the deadline for submissions on the 15th October 2011 and a limited number of event slots available, now is the time to get involved.

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Held every four years, the Congress aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development. The designated theme of the IUCN World Congress is Nature+ this corresponds to boosting the resilience of nature – improving how quickly nature and people adapt to change.

The Congress is divided into a Forum, open to the wider public, where IUCN Members and partners will discuss cutting edge ideas, thinking and practice, and a Members Assembly, the highest decision-making body of IUCN, which brings together IUCN Members to debate and establish environmental policy.
The Call for Contributions invites you to propose events for the Forum part of Congress (from 7 to 11 September 2012). The deadline for proposals is 15th October 2011.

The call for contributions is a competitive process and successful events must meet a series of selection criteria. First, the proposal must contribute to at least one of three Congress objectives of sharing know-how, reaching agreement and moving to action. Second, all proposals must involve at least two of the four constituents of IUCN (defined as IUCN members, commission members, secretariat and partners), with priority given to proposals involving more than 2 constituent groups.

Congress proposals should also contribute to one or more of the organization’s thematic areas:

  • Valuing and conserving biodiversity
  • Sharing nature’s benefits
  • Nature based solutions to climate change
  • Managing ecosystems for improved food security
  • Greening the world economy

In accordance with IUCN’s policy on gender equity and equality, contributions to the World Conservation Forum will also be considered on the basis of equal opportunities given to and active engagement of women and men.

Detailed information on how to develop an event for the Forum

IUCN’s BBP programme are also available to provide further information or discuss potential proposals please feel free to contact us by e-mail at or call the Business and Biodiversity Programme at +41-22-999 0104.