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The World Leaders Dialogues will be the highlight of the World Conservation Congress. Focused on the Congress themes, a balanced mix of experts, politicians and CEOs, moderated by prominent journalists, will give the pace to inspirational, challenging analyses of the current state of nature and conservation.

Green house gas effect

Nature+ climate: Can Nature save us?

On 7 September, the first in the series of dialogues will be dedicated to the theme Nature+ climate. This dialogue will be moderated by Sally Ranney, journalist at A Matter of Degree Media, and IUCN Patron.


H.E. Mr. Henri DJOMBO: Minister of Sustainable Development, Forestry Economy and the Environment, Republic of Congo
H.E. Mr. Bharrat JAGDEO: Former President of Guyana
Dr. Maan-ee LEE: Former Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea and Chairman of Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability Forum 
Ms. Ruksana MIRZA: Head of Sustainable Development, HOLCIM 
Mr. Marvin ODUM: President of Shell Oil Company, Director Upstream Americas of Royal Dutch Shell

> Submit your questions and comments to the panel before the Congress!
Nature+, the 2012 World Conservation Congress slogan

A slogan for the Congress
The Congress theme is Nature+, a simple and memorable slogan that captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of our lives.


A total of five focal themes will be addressed during the Congress and the Forum will dedicate one day of the Forum to each theme. 

> 7 September: Nature+ climate
> 8 September: Nature+ food
> 9 September: Nature+ development
> 10 September: Nature+ people & governance
> 11 September: Nature+ life
Nature+ climate

Nature+ climate: Nature-based solutions to climate change
At the 2012 World Conservation Congress, IUCN will be urging decision-makers to invest in nature – in the way we protect it, manage it and govern it – and thus increase resilience and reduce the vulnerability of people to the impacts of climate change.

> Watch video on Nature+ climate

Limited spaces for the Conservation Campus – sign up now!

Participants are stimulated at the World Conservation Congress

Register for one of the 46 full- or half-day practical, skills-based events and take advantage of the wealth of expertise from Members, Commissions, Secretariat and partners available at Congress.

> Find out more

Find out about the other types of events at the Forum

> Workshops: conferencing
> Knowledge café: debating
> Posters: learning
> Pavilions: networking
> Social events: unwinding

The motions are out

Members voting on motions at the 2008 IUCN Congress in Barcelona

See what issues Members will be voting on to influence the global conservation agenda for the next four years to come.

> View and discuss the motions

Honouring champions of conservation

Valli Moosa, Ashok Khosla

11 nominees will presented for Honorary membership of IUCN at the Congress. This distinction recognizes outstanding services to the conservation of nature and natural resources.

> Read more about the nominees

Doing business the Korean way

Korean businessmen at a restaurant in Seoul

Find out about the business culture in Korea and get familiar with some important etiquettes.

> Read more

From the Host Country

Logos of the Korean Ministry of Environment and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

The Ministry of Environment of the Korean Government and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province are kindly hosting the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2012. They have established the Korean Organizing Committee (KOC) in order to fully support the preparations.

> Keep up to date with the KOC


  Book hotel by end of week (5 August)
X  Sign up for a free ecotour by 20 August
X  Check if you need a visa before 6 August
X  Get accreditation to speak or vote at the Members' Assembly
 Book flight as soon as possible!


What are the Congress's strengths?

“The demonstration that cultural diversity goes hand in hand with natural diversity.” 2008 survey respondent


Sneak peek Search events or log in to customize your personal agenda
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Official Congress website

2012 Congress logo All you need to know about Congress and more
> www.iucn.org/congress


Congress 2.0

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Equipment & Catering

Order equipment online until 15 August and catering until 25 August
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The Congress in music

2am sings about Congress Korean band 2am sings the Congess song
> Listen now


A virtual tour of Jeju

Summit of Mt. Halla The wonders of Jeju and a glance at previous Congresses
> Photo gallery


Korea's ecological sites

Upo Marsh in Changnyeong, Korea Places of ecological interest in the Republic of Corea
> View photos


Impact of IUCN

Jeff paper - newsletter April 2012 What impact do resolutions have on global conservation?
> Learn more


Health check

Assessment of the implementation of the 2008 Resolutions Diagnosis of the 2008 resolutions' implementation
> Read now


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