IUCN members convened in plenary for the 4th sitting of the Congress on Wednesday morning to continue discussing issues of strategic importance for the Union. Members also considered how the IUCN should address the challenge of building constituencies for nature. The Chairs of the respective IUCN Commissions then delivered their reports.
In the 5th sitting in the afternoon, IUCN introduced the Regional Councillor candidates from the eight regional panel discussions, and invited candidates from each region to respond to two questions: what critical issues are currently facing IUCN and what role the Council should play in addressing them; and how they would make IUCN more relevant in their respective region. Members were then invited to vote for 28 Councillor seats, before approving the mandates of the IUCN Commission 2017-2020 and hearing the report of the meeting of all recognized National and Regional Committees, held on 1 September 2016. Members voted in favor of the motion on strengthening corporate biodiversity measurement, valuation and reporting.
Contact groups met throughout the day to advance deliberations on Motions, including on: incorporating urban dimensions of conservation into IUCN's work; protection of primary forests, including intact forest landscapes; IUCN’s response to the Paris Climate Change Agreement; and taking greater account of the ocean in the climate regime.
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