IUCN Council gets underway in Gland, Switzerland

23 November 2009 | News story

The approval of the IUCN’s work plan and budget for the coming two years, the venue for the next World Conservation Congress (2012) and IUCN’s involvement at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (COP15) are all on the agenda as the 73rd meeting of the IUCN Council gets underway in Gland, Switzerland on November 23.

The Council is keen to support the work of IUCN for COP 15, which focuses on Ecosystem-based Adaptation, and to also encourage Members to strongly engage in the International Year of Biodiversity 2010.

IUCN President Ashok Khosla will chair the meeting, which runs through until November 25, with IUCN Councillors from all over the world.

The Council will hear progress reports from IUCN’s Director General and the Chairs of the six Commissions. The external evaluation of the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona in 2008 and the action taken on resolutions made there are also due to be discussed. The 22 applications for membership of the Union will also be considered by the Council.

The IUCN Council is the principal governing body of IUCN, in between sessions of the World Conservation Congress, which is the general assembly of the Union’s Members. The Council is responsible for strategic direction and oversight of performance of the Union and its fiduciary responsibilities to IUCN’s membership , subject to the authority of the Congress.