Gland, December 2009
Dear friends and colleagues,
This year has been another busy one for IUCN and for the conservation movement. With the world now focused on Copenhagen – where we have a large delegation working to ensure that nature and biodiversity have a voice in the climate negotiations – our eyes are also turning to 2010 and the International Year of Biodiversity. With your collaboration, IUCN will continue to make the case that biodiversity conservation and its important links to climate, remain high on the agenda of the leaders and peoples of our communities the world over.
For IUCN, 2009 has been the first full year of the ambitious Programme that was approved by Members at the Barcelona Congress. IUCN, more than ever before is working seamlessly on this together with our 1,074 Member organizations, some 11,000 experts in our six Commissions, and our staff in all corners of the world. We have also worked closely with a great Council, led by IUCN President Ashok Khosla. This teamwork – across continents and constituents – is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my job.
With many thanks for your continued support, I wish to convey to you, your families and your friends, my very best wishes for a healthy and peaceful new year.