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Be part of the world's largest and most important conservation event!

You can register now for the IUCN World Conservation Congress, taking place in Jeju, Republic of Korea, from 6 to 15 September 2012. Up to 8,000 leaders from governments, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, businesses, UN agencies and social organizations will discuss, debate and decide on solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and development issues.
The Congress starts with the five-day Forum, a conservation debate hub that is open to all, featuring knowledge cafés, workshops, training courses, poster sessions and five high-profile World Leaders’ Dialogues. The Forum then leads into the three-day Members' Assembly, IUCN's highest decision-making body and a unique global environmental parliament of governments and NGOs.
Enrique Lahmann, Congress Director, outlines the issues that will be at the centre of the debate in this video.

> Register now and take advantage of the Early Bird fee!
Enrique Lahmann

The five Congress themes

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The Forum will explore many of our most pressing environmental and development challenges, namely:
- Nature+ climate
- Nature+ food
- Nature+ development
- Nature+ people & governance
- Nature+ life
These issues form the core of IUCN's Draft Programme of work for the next four years.

> Have a look at the Provisional agenda
> More info on the events taking place during the Forum

Biodiversity in the Congress spotlight

Seongsan Illchubong

The Congress will help to show the world that conservation action works, whether it's through enacting laws and policies, implementing species recovery programmes, establishing protected areas, or restoring ecosystems, the event will showcase examples and provide the momentum for further action.

> Jeju: eco-wonder of the world
> Congress: a catalyst for action
> Facts and figures on biodiversity
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 recently established the Korean Organizing Committee (KOC) for 2012 World Conservation Congress in order to fully support the preparation of the 2012 Congress.
IUCN thanks them all for their generous support in the preparation of the Congress.


10 March
Deadline to receive amendments to Statutes from Members
9 April
Publication of documents requiring decision by the World Conservation Congress
Draft Programme available
9 May
Deadline for submission of Motions by Members in category A and B in good standing
5 July
Deadline for early bird registration fee
8 July
Publication of Motions



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Official Congress website

2012 Congress logo Read all about the Congress.
> www.iucn.org/congress


Forum events

Forum discussion at the 2008 IUCN World Conservation Congress Choose the events you'd like to attend during Congress and interact with organizers through the Forum web-spaces.
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International Convention Centre, Jeju Book your hotel through the official Housing Bureau.
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Flag of the Republic of Korea Do you need a visa to travel to Jeju? 
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Air travel

Raptim Travel Agency Book your flights through the official Travel Agency.
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Facts and figures

IUCN's Jean-Christophe Vié addresses the World Conservation Congress The IUCN World Conservation Congress at a glance.
> Read more


Test your knowledge

ICC Jeju (far right) and Mt. Halla, Jeju, Republic of Korea How much do you know about IUCN World Conservation Congresses? Find out by having a go at our quiz.
> Take the quiz now!


Previous Congresses

Check here for information about previous IUCN Congresses.
> Previous Congresses


A visual journey through Jeju

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


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