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

1-10 September 2016 | Honolulu, US

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Traditional Hawai‘ian dancers at the opening ceremony

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) started on Thursday with almost 10,000 participants. During the opening ceremony in the morning, Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige said an island is a “microcosm of Planet Earth,” and he announced the Hawaiʻi Sustainability Initiative. President Tommy Remengesau, Palau, said President Obama’s designation of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument “cements his legacy as an ocean leader.” Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), presented the UN Secretary-General's warmest congratulations and strong support, and reminded participants that “no task is too big if we act together.” IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng said the WCC is about moving the 2015 historical agreements to action.

In the afternoon, Pacific Island leaders, governors and mayors from the cities and states on the Pacific Rim attended the Pacific Ocean Summit to consider the actions and commitments required for the establishment of the 2030 Pacific Ocean Partnership. On increasing ocean resilience, Aliki Faipule Afega Gaualofa, President of Tokelau, said “the Pacific Ocean is our teacher, our elder and our home,” further highlighting that ocean health is interdependent with quality of life and climate change. Henry Puna, Prime Minister, Cook Islands, emphasized that traditional approaches must be nurtured and integrated into ocean resilience efforts.

In the evening, participants joined a reception featuring tastings by 20 of Hawai‘iʻs top chefs along with live music by Hawai‘iʻs own Jack Johnson.

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Opening Ceremony and Statements

Delegates watch traditional Hawai‘ian dancers during the opening ceremony

Kamana‘opono Crabbe, Office of Hawai‘ian Affairs

Sally Jewell, US Secretary of the Interior

David Ige, Governor of Hawai‘i

Brian Schatz, US Senator, Hawai‘i

Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau

Norbert Kurilla, Slovakia, EU presidency

Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Corbett Kalama, Kamehameha Schools Trustee

Zhang Xinsheng, President, IUCN

Press Conference

View of the dais during the press conference

David Ige, Governor of Hawai‘i

Sally Jewell, US Secretary of the Interior

Brian Schatz, Hawai‘i Senator

Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General

Participants asking questions during the session

Pacific Ocean Summit

Participants gather for the Pacific Ocean Summit

John De Fries, Department of Research and
Development, County of Hawai‘i

President Hilda Heine,
the Marshall Islands

President Peter Christian, the Federated States of Micronesia

Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UNEP

Alan Arakawa, Mayor,
County of Maui, Hawai‘i

Kosi Latu, Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

Aliki Faipule Afega Gaualofa,
President, Tokelau

Henry Puna, Prime Minister,
Cook Islands

Edouard Fritch, President, French Polynesia

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare,
Solomon Islands

Siaosi Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister, Tonga

Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga, Tuvalu

Participants make personal commitments to protect the Pacific Ocean

Around the Venue

Braulio Dias, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary, speaks with a participant

John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), speaks with a participant

Delegates meet informally

(L-R): Aliki Faipule Afega Gaualofa, President, Tokelau; Irina Bokova, Director-General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and Braulio Dias, CBD Executive Secretary

Delegates during the opening ceremony

Delegates from Tonga

Media throughout the day

Delegates during the evening reception

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