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The IUCN World Conservation Congress came to a close on 15 September after ten days of intense debates and deliberations.

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. A significant number of resolutions and recommendations were also adopted, which will be used to influence future directions in the conservation community and seek international support for pressing conservation issues. 

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 (read more below).


The next four years according to Zhang Xinsheng

Zhang Xinsheng

IUCN Members elected their new President at IUCN’s World Conservation Congress, which took place on September 6-15 in Jeju Island, Korea. Mr Zhang Xinsheng of China will lead the world’s largest environmental organization 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.

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Nature+: Towards a New Era of Conservation, Sustainability and Nature-based Solutions

Summit of Mt. Halla

Jeju Declaration by the IUCN President, the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea, the Governor of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province and the Chairman of the Korean Organizing Committee on the occasion of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, September 2012

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Charting IUCN’s course for the next four years

Baka People in southeast Cameroon

Today, at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the Members Assembly approved the new IUCN Programme for the next four years, effectively defining where the Union's efforts will be directed in the coming years.

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Green gets gold at Nature’s Olympics

Stone sculptures

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 15 September 2012 (IUCN) – As economic difficulties continue to dominate international debate, IUCN’s World Conservation Congress has put nature back centre stage in the quest to recover our natural assets and use nature to solve a growing list of economic and social issues.

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Ten days of Jeju's Nature Olympics

10,000 people, 5,000 conservation experts from 153 countries, 600 events and many more.

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World Leaders Dialogues

World Leaders Dialogues

Watch the video coverage of high-level debates about Congress themes.

> Nature+ climate
> Nature+ food
> Nature+ development
> Nature+ people & governance
> Nature+ saving nature, why bother?

IUCN Congress recognises conservation greats

Dr. Wolfgang E. Burhenne, the winner of the Harold Jefferson Coolidge Memorial Medal for outstanding contributions to conservation of nature and natural resources.

At the IUCN World Conservation Congress, IUCN awarded its two highest medals to outstanding individuals of the conservation world, and eleven other conservation greats were granted honorary membership of IUCN.

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Out and about in Jeju

Excursion Jeju boasts an array of breathtaking natural and cultural sites that have firmly placed the island on the map of world must-sees. Embark on a journey to the most cherished ecological attractions of Jeju Island, including Udo Island, Jeju’s Sea and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and the Jeju Olle Trail.
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> Discover the treasures of Jeju (video)


Nature benefits for all

Gonzalo Oviedo What does nature+people & governance mean in simple terms? Do people share the same benefits from nature? Gonzalo Oviedo, IUCN Special Adviser for Social Policy, is addressing these questions.
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Measuring people's happiness

H.E. Dr. Kinzang Dorji H.E. Dr. Kinzang Dorji, former Prime minister of Bhutan speaks about how this small country from Asia is making big strides by keeping people happy and using it as an indicator for national growth.
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Solutions, naturally

IUCN Annual Report 2011 The 2011 IUCN Annual Report is now available for download.
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