Press release | 12 Oct, 2022

IUCN Leaders Forum to define the path to a nature-positive future

Jeju, Korea, 12 October 2022 (IUCN) – The IUCN Leaders Forum, taking place 13-15 October 2022, will tackle the challenge of measuring progress towards global biodiversity goals. A key working paper due to be debated at the Forum sets out a quantitative methodology IUCN is developing to help companies, governments and civil society to measure and track contributions towards protecting and restoring nature. The working paper will be discussed in a session at the Leaders Forum (13 October, 13:30 – 15:00 KST).

“There is growing support for nature-positive approaches across society, but we still need to define exactly how the world will measure progress in a science-based, transparent way,” said IUCN Director General Dr Bruno Oberle. “This inaugural IUCN Leaders Forum provides a much-needed platform to shape ambition, generate buy-in from across sectors, and drive action towards a measurable, achievable global biodiversity framework.

The inaugural IUCN Leaders Forum will be held in Jeju, Korea, less than two months before the start of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the UN Biodiversity Convention in Montreal. Co-hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, the three-day event brings together global leaders from national and regional governments, business, academia and civil society around the vision of nature-positive economies and societies and the steps needed to achieve it.

IUCN’s nature-positive methodology applies existing, rigorous global standards and data such as the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and is focused on delivering social equity. At the Leaders Forum, participants from different business sectors, governments and civil society will help shape and refine the methodology before it undergoes an extensive consultation with all relevant stakeholder groups.

During the event, IUCN will also publicly unveil its Contributions for Nature platform, a tool that allows IUCN, including its Members and Commissions, to document conservation and restoration actions in a quantitative way.

You will find more information on the event, the detailed programme and a full list of speakers on the IUCN Leaders Forum website.

The IUCN Leaders Forum will be livestreamed. Sign up here to follow the event remotely.

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