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Notice for congress participants

Ask world leaders the questions you want to hear addressed!

The World Leaders Dialogues is the highlight of the World Conservation Congress. A mix of experts, politicians and CEOs, moderated by prominent journalists, will focus on the Congress themes, giving pace to inspirational, challenging analyses of the current state of nature and conservation. A total of five dialogues will take place, one each evening of the Forum.


Nature+: Saving nature, why bother?

The final World Leaders Dialogue on 11 September will also be the Forum's closing ceremony. The panel will shed light on how a central question to conservation links to the overall message of the Forum. This will give way to the Members' Assembly on the last days of the Congress. This dialogue will be moderated by Rafael Méndez, Journalist at El País

Malachite butterfly in the tropical cloud forest of Mindo, Ecuador

The panel
• Razan Al Mubarak, Secretary General, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency
• Video message from Richard Branson, CEO, Virgin Group
Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Secretary General, Convention on Biological Diversity
André Hoffmann, President, MAVA Foundation
Young-sook Yoo, Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea

> Submit your questions and comments to the panel before the Congress!

Find out about the other types of events at the Forum


> Find out about cutting-edge conservation at the Workshops
> Share your views on challenging issues at the Knowledge Café
> Get hands-on training at the Conservation Campus
> See how people convey their ideas in 2D with Posters
> Learn about innovative partnerships at the Pavilions
> Network in a relaxed atmosphere at the social events
Forum delegates at the 2008 IUCN World Conservation 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+ life, one of the five themes of the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress

Nature+ life: Valuing and conserving nature
Biodiversity contributes directly to local livelihoods and economic development. We need to do better at proving that conserving biodiversity is not a sacrifice, but an opportunity that brings many benefits.

> Watch video on Nature+ life

Business and Ecosystems Think Tank

Business Week

Business and conservation communities will discuss real solutions for changing pace on biodiversity and ecosystem services at the IUCN-WBCSD Think Tank on 8 September, led by IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre and WBCSD President Peter Bakker.

> See morning session on business action
> See afternoon session on effective policy

Journeys into the Forum

Journeys through the Forum

The journeys are designed to take you through the vast array of events during the Forum, helping you to make connections on similar topics

> See all journeys

Make the most of your participation with social media!

Social media at the 2012 IUCN Congress

• Tweet using the official Congress hashtag #IUCN2012 and @IUCN
• Find out what other participants are saying on the Twitter hub
• Share your opinion about events using the session hashtags: #forumXXXX (replace XXXX with the session 4-digit number)
• Receive our daily social network roundup by emailing us
• Check photos and videos tagged #IUCN2012 on YouTube and Flickr, and post your own

> More info

Be a Congress Blogger!

Brian Thomson interviewing

Calling all staff, Members and partners. Share your thoughts, issues and stories through the IUCN Blog during the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Send your text and photos by email!


Ecotours are reopened

Seongsan Illchubong

The Host country kindly reopened the free ecotours for participant for the excursion day on 13 September. Log in to your registration account and follow the Ecotours link.

> Find out more

Where to eat?

Bibimbap, traditional Korean food

For your convenience, a list of restaurants in the Jungmun area has been compiled by our Hosts. Shuttle buses to and from restaurants in the Congress area will be provided during lunch breaks.

> See the list of restaurants

Typhoon Bolaven clears out for Congress

Typhoon Boleva hits Jeju days before the IUCN Congress

One of the most powerful typhoons Korea has seen in decades hit Jeju Island earlier this week. IUCN delegates travelling there in advance of the Congress were impressed how the local population was well prepared to handle such situations.

> Read news from ealier this week
> See photos of the aftermath

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


Start networking ahead of Congress through the Online Programme by logging in to your registration account
X  See all details on transport and free shuttle buses in Jeju
Reserve your place for hands-on training at the Conservation Campus
X  Take the necessary precautions to avoid introducing invasive species when travelling
X Weather in Jeju today? 27°C, thundery showers, strong wind (sunshine back on Friday!)
Essential things to pack: raincoat, smart comfy shoes, business cards, hotel address


What are the Congress's strengths?

“All major players were there.” 2008 survey respondent


Royalty free for non commercial use Use the online programme to make a shortlist of the events you want to attend
> Browse the programme
> See the list of exhibitors
> See the motions schedule



Useful travel info on local transport and free shuttle services
> See details


A to Z

A to z All the practical info from A to Z in one single place
> Browse now


Floor plans

ICC Jeju - Location of the Members' Lounge Find your way around the Congress venue
> View


Speaker Preview Center

Microphone Upload your presentation at the latest 3 hours before the start of the session
> More info


Help the interpreters

Pronounce clearly for the interpreters How to speak well for effective simultaneous translation of your speach
> Watch instructional video


Online accreditation

Voices from the Members Apply for your accreditation to vote or speak at the Assembly before 6 September
> Go now


Electronic voting

VII Foro Mesoamericano de miembros pródigo en mociones para el próximo Congreso Mundial de Conservación For the first time ever, Members will use an electronic system to vote at the Assembly
> Guidelines


Latest updates of Congress documents

book Find all official documents organized by date, including revised versions of motions and other documents made available during Congress
> See all


Latest IUCN Statement

Korean environmental issues
> Read more


Draft Programme 2013-16

IUCN draft programme 2013-2016 Members at Congress will have their say on the IUCN Programme for the next four years
> Learn more


120 x 80 event organizers - Contact See our FAQs or email us at congress@iucn.org


Official Congress website

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


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Photo credits: Banner © IUCN; Butterfly © G.Davila/B.Riché; Delegates at the 2008 Forum © IUCN/ J.Muntaner; Nature+ logo © IUCN; Online programme © Erkin Sahin; Bus © IUCN\Epeli Nakautoga; A to Z © Cécile Graat; Theme icon © IUCN; 2008 Forum © IUCN; Business week © IUCN; Members accreditation © IUCN; Elections © IUCN ORMA; ICCJ © Jeju Special Self-governing Province; Journeys © G.Davila; Social Media © IUCN; Be a blogger © IUCN; Bibimbap © IUCN/ Célia Zwahlen; Microphone © Jayanta Behera; Lips © Julia Freeman-Woolpert; Typhoon Bolaven © Fleurange Bieri; Host country logos © Jeju Special Self-governing Province/Ministry of Environment of Korea; Book © IUCN; Draft Programme © IUCN; Question mark © SXC.hu; Congress logo © IUCN.