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report of the Membership Dues 2017-2020 and of the list of members in arrears with payment of dues and whose rights are rescinded.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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