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  • Mua Voyage video screenshot Photo: IUCN

    Mua Voyage video at World Parks Congress


    A short video highlighting the Mua Voyage's message on ocean protection and climate change received a standing ovation when it was shown at the opening plenary of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014.

  • Ravilevu Nature Reserve, Taveuni, Fiji Photo: Stuart Chape

    IUCN summit delivers major commitments to save Earth’s most precious natural areas


    Sydney, Australia – The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, the once-in-a-decade global forum on protected areas, closes today with the release of The Promise of Sydney. The Promise sets out an ambitious agenda to safeguard the planet’s natural assets, ranging...

  • The Samoan vaka, Gaualofa, sailing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge Photo: IUCN

    Pacific Island leaders sail into Sydney Harbour with call to protect oceans


    The leaders of Kiribati, Cook Islands and Palau have called on the world to follow their lead in ocean protection, after sailing into Sydney Harbour aboard traditional voyaging canoes that have travelled more than 6,000 nautical miles from the Pacific Islands.

  • Cozumel Emerald Hummingbird Photo: Roy Toft / International League of Conservation Photographers

    IUCN welcomes 17 new Members


    The IUCN Council has admitted 17 new Members to IUCN.

  • His Excellency Anote Tong, President of Kiribati Photo: Lawrence Jackson

    Pacific Island leaders to help spread Mua Voyage’s message on conservation


    As the Mua Voyage canoes sails south from the Gold Coast with their message on oceans and climate change, three Pacific Island political leaders have confirmed they will be on board the canoes when they sail into Sydney Harbour.

  • Woman carrying wood and leaves Photo: Flickr/Bishii

    Governments still behind on commitments to avert biodiversity crisis


    Pyeongchang, Republic of South Korea, 17 October 2014 – Despite increasing recognition of the biodiversity crisis and its impacts on human well-being, the scale of the government response is far from commensurate with the magnitude of the calamity, says IUCN...

  • Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General Photo: Inger Andersen

    Inger Andersen named IUCN Director General


    IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, announced today the appointment of Inger Andersen as the new Director General of the Union starting in January 2015.

  • Attorney-General of Fiji, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, being shown the celestial navigation chart by crew members on board the Marumaru Atua, prior to it departing Suva on the next leg of the Mua Voyage Photo: IUCN

    Oceans and climate change at the forefront as three sailing canoes unite on an important voyage


    Pressure increases on the developed world to open its eyes to the realities of climate change, as the Mua Voyage expands to three canoes – sailing on behalf of all Pacific Islanders with the message to the world about ‘Our People, Our Islands, Our Ocean, Our...

  • Fiji's Uto ni Yalo, Samoa's Gaualofa and Cook Islands' Marumaru Atua in Suva, Fiji, as part of the Mua Voyage to IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Photo: Judy Stokes

    Mua Voyage receives traditional welcome in Fiji


    As momentum from across the Pacific builds for global action against climate change, members of Fiji’s Uto ni Yalo crew provided a traditional welcome for boat crew members from the Cook Islands and Samoan voyaging canoes who arrived into Suva today armed...

  • The crew of the Gaualofa prior to its departure from Apia, Samoa, as part of the Mua Voyage to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney Photo: Samoa Voyaging Society

    Mua Voyage: Samoan and Cook Islands voyaging canoes on way to Fiji


    The Samoan voyaging canoe Gaualofa has joined the Cook Islands’ Marumaru Atua on the second leg of the Mua Voyage to Sydney, raising awareness about the importance of people, oceans and climate change in the Pacific – next stop, Fiji!


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