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2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress
Planet at the Crossroads

1-10 September 2016 | Honolulu, US

Highlights for Saturday, 10 September 2016

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Traditional Hawaiian dancers at the closing ceremony


On Saturday, IUCN members convened for the last day of the IUCN World Conservation Congress to attend the 8th sitting of the Members’ Assembly. In the morning, members: considered and adopted the IUCN Financial plan 2017-2020; adopted the report of the Congress Governance Committee, including amendments to the statutes; adopted the report of the Credentials Committee; and approved the report of the Membership Dues 2017-2020 and of the list of members in arrears with payment of dues and whose rights are rescinded. During the final consideration of the Progress Report of the Resolutions Committee, members focused on motion on ‘closure of domestic markets for elephant ivory’ and after considering and rejecting several proposed amendments to the motion, approved the motion.

This was followed by the presentation of the Hawaiʻi Commitments, which aimed to capture the spirit of the formal and informal deliberations of the Congress from the high-level dialogues during the Forum, and issues of strategic importance arising from the Members' Assembly.

During the closing ceremony in the afternoon, the Secretariat recognized outgoing members of the IUCN Council 2012-2016 and President Elect, Zhang Xinsheng delivered a closing message as incoming President. Zhang expressed deep appreciation to the host Hawaiʻi and, following a local traditional presentation by Na Pualei O Likolehua, Ka Pa Hula O Ka Lei Lehua and Hālau o Kekuhi, closed the Congress at 16:19 pm.

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8th Sitting of the Members' Assembly


View of the dais during the 8th sitting of the Members' Assembly


Patrick de Heney, Treasurer, IUCN

Zhang Xinsheng, President, IUCN


Spencer Thomas, Chair, Finance
and Audit Committee, IUCN

Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General

Michael Davis,
Chief Financial Officer, IUCN



Javed Jabbar, Baanhn Beli, Pakistan

Taibou Ba, Ecological
Monitoring Center, Senegal

Kelvin Passfield, Te Ipukarea
Society, Cook Islands


Moriba Nomoko, Malian Association for the Preservation of Wildlife and the Environment (AMCFE)

Annemari Goedmakers, Chimbo Foundation, the Netherlands

Stephen Garnett, Environmental Foundation for Africa, Sierra Leone


A delegate raises a point of order during the session


View of the dais during the progress report of the Resolutions Committee


Marina von Weissenberg, Vice President, IUCN

Simon Stuart, Species Survival Commission, IUCN


Xavier Sticker, Ambassador
for the Environment, France

Alice Catherine Hughe, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden Chinese Academy of Sciences

Susan Lieberman,
Wildlife Conservation Society, US


L-R: Mpho Tjiane and Vongani Maringa, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa; Thokozani Mkhize,
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, South Africa; and Zaitoon Rabaney, Botanical Society of South Africa


Closing Ceremony


Enrique Lahmann, Global Director, IUCN Union Development Group (center), receives gifts from the Congress host, Hawai‘i


Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General

Zhang Xinsheng, President, IUCN


David Ige, Governor of Hawai‘i

Chipper Wichman, WCC Vice-Chair,
Hawai‘i Host Committee

Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan


Delegates applaud the IUCN for a successful congress


Na Pualei O Likolehua and Ka Pa Hula O Ka Lei Lehua groups present Hawaiian dances to close the ceremony







Around the Venue



Maixent Ogou, Action Plus, Benin; Maximin Djondo, Environment and Education Society, Benin; and Sena Alouka, Young Volunteers for the Environment, Togo

The Argentinian IUCN committee celebrates the approval of Motion 100, stopping dam construction in Santa Cruz due to the impact on the critically endangered hooded grebe


Delegates between sessions




Ven. Tsondru, Southern African Faith
Communities' Environment Institute (SAFCEI)

Delegates from Ecuador






The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB+) team covering conference (L-R): Suzi Malan; Dina Hestad; Dorothy Wanja Nyingi; Beate Antonich; Teya Penniman; Nancy Williams; Kiara Worth; Kimo Goree, IISD Vice President; Ana Maria Lebada; Lynn Finnegan; Hernan Aguilar; Nicole de Paula; Diego Noguera; and Tasha Goldberg



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