IUCN - The way towards the Congress

The way towards the Congress

02 April 2008 | News story

More than 8,000 leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and social organizations will discuss, debate and decide solutions for the world’s most pressing environment and development issues.

IUCN World Conservation Congress will take place from 5-14 October 2008 in the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) at Barcelona, SpainIUCN, along with Spanish, Catalan and Barcelona governments are working together to make the 2008 Congress a landmark event.

The IUCN 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 event starts with the four-day Forum run by IUCN members and partners discussing cutting edge ideas, thinking and practice. The Forum leads into the four-day IUCN Members’ Assembly, a unique global environmental parliament of governments and NGOs.

Addressing the world’s most pressing sustainable development challenges, the Forum offers four days of debates, workshops, dialogues, art and film, roundtable discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions on the following three streams:

More than 400 events will take place during the four days of the Forum. About 10% of them are organized by the IUCN Secretariat; the rest run by IUCN members, Commissions and partners.

IUCN members' participation to the congress is a core issue for its sucess. Members can contribute to the Congress by three mechanisms:

  • Vote for the nominated candidates for Council
  • Submit proposals for the Forum
  • Propose motions for the Members’ Assembly

In addition, IUCN West Asia deeply invites all its members to participate in the congress and submit motions for the congress. Motions will define the strategy of IUCN for the next four years. The deadline for the deposit of draft motions is 6 June 2008, which is 120 days prior to the opening of the Congress as specified in the Rules of Procedure. For more information on the Congress, see the dedicated website.