Over 300 representatives from IUCN Members, Commission members, Councilors and the Secretariat braved the scattered showers on Monday evening, 25 October to enjoy the beautiful Shirotori Gardens in Nagoya, Japan, the setting for the IUCN Constituency reception on the occasion of the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10).
This informal evening gathering, co-hosted by IUCN and the Japan National Committee for IUCN, allowed guests to exchange opinions and ideas and discuss the progress being made at the COP in a more relaxed setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the Nagoya Congress Centre.
Guests were welcomed by Prof. Masahito Yoshida, Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN, by Ambassador Hiro Koike, IUCN Councillor and by the IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, who highlighted the importance of bringing together all of the strands of the IUCN ‘triple helix’ – the Members, Commissions and Secretariat.
The IUCN constituents were then treated to a buffet of Japanese local specialties and the conversation flowed until late as guests took the opportunity to see how IUCN could network to support the Conference negotiations. Many also took the chance to explore the peaceful Japanese gardens, crossing over bridges and stepping stones and visiting the traditional tea rooms. The event was deemed a great success by all and was a welcome way to re-charge batteries and prepare for the final days of negotiations.
Our warmest thanks to the Japan Committee for IUCN and their superb volunteers, colleagues in the Japan Office, the Director and staff of the Shirotori Gardens, the Constituency Support Group(CSG) led by CSG Director, Enrique Lahmann, who all worked hard to organize the evening, and, of course, to all of the guests for coming. We look forward to seeing you next time!