Statements by Grethel Aguilar

  • Samburu women group working to market community beadwork artifacts Biodiversity thrives in the care of indigenous communities, and integrating their insights into conservation is proving indispensable. Photo: Chris Peken

    IUCN Director General’s Statement on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2019


    We cannot achieve conservation and wellbeing for people and planet unless we respect and value the rights of indigenous peoples. For centuries, indigenous peoples across the world have preserved much of Earth’s biodiversity. At this precipice of history,...

  • women in Zanzibar collecting fish from the ocean Many women directly rely on healthy and productive ecosystems for their livelihoods. They must be included in efforts to protect the rapidly declining marine ecosystems and the livelihoods they sustain. Photo: GrayKotze / Shutterstock

    IUCN Director General’s statement on World Oceans Day 2019


    Exploring gender dimensions of humankind’s relationship with the ocean   Humanity’s historical bond with the ocean brings to mind fishermen and seafarers. Yet, as highlighted by today’s Oceans Day theme, women are the often unseen protagonists of...

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