Registration is now open for the IUCN World Conservation Congress, taking place from 1 to 10 September 2016 in Hawaiʻi, U.S.A. Visit the Congress website to register for the event and book your accommodation.
“No Congress before has come at a more pivotal time for humanity’s relationship with the environment. Our planet is at the crossroads, and there is a closing window of opportunity to define the path to a sustainable future. The decisions taken at the IUCN Congress will be instrumental in defining that path,” said IUCN Director General Inger Andersen.
Over 1300 of the world’s most influential governments and organizations, along with thousands of business and academic leaders, will take the next steps toward turning global climate and sustainable development agreements into action.
“The Congress will be a critical milestone on the road to true sustainability. It is where the policy makers meet the implementers. It is where the solutions are showcased. It is where every sector of society – from faith-based groups to business leaders – brings its contribution. Together we will form the blueprint for action; together we have the power to get the job done,” said Andersen in a recent statement about the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
This will be the first time IUCN holds the Congress in the United States, and IUCN’s U.S. government and civil society Members, as well as the Hawaiian hosts, are already preparing to make this Congress a high profile event that inspires the action our planet needs.
While the decisions made at the Congress inside the Hawaiʻi Convention Center will shape the future of the planet, the surroundings outside will remind us just how much is at stake. Hawaiʻi is world-renowned for its natural wonders, but like all islands, it is also on the forgotten frontlines of climate change. It is a microcosm of the conservation challenges facing our planet today, including endangered and invasive species, fisheries and the need to protect our oceans, among many others.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaiʻi provides the opportunity to see first-hand some of nature’s most impressive land and seascapes, and to help set the course for protecting the natural systems that sustain and inspire everyone on the planet. Register today!