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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

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Delegates gather to spell out IUCN on the rooftop of the Hawai‘i Convention Center
(Drone photo courtesy of IUCN/ECODEO)


After enjoying a day of excursions and respite from discussions in plenary, apart from some contact group meetings, IUCN members reconvened on Friday for the 6th sitting of the Members’ Assembly. In the morning, members considered and adopted the draft IUCN Programme 2017-2020 and the Report of the Congress Programme Committee. Members called for: coherence of motions with the programmatic themes on species, governance and nature-based solutions; recognition of agreed-upon language and definitions of “biodiversity” from other UN processes; elaboration on the biodiversity-agriculture linkages, particularly regarding freshwater; and greater emphasis on ecosystem-based adaptation, mitigation measures and nature-based solutions.

In the afternoon, during the 7th sitting of the Members’ Assembly, members heard presentations by, and voted for candidates for the positions of: President, Treasurer and the Chairs of: the Species Survival Commission; the World Commissions on Environmental Law and on Protected Areas; and on the Commissions Education and Communication; Ecosystem Management; and Environmental, Economic and Social Policy. The Secretariat presented: the IUCN's Financial Report by the Director General and Treasurer for the period 2012-2016; the report of the Congress Finance and Audit Committee of the Audited Financial Statements for the years 2012-2015; and the appointment of the external auditors, assigning this role to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In the evening, the Members’ Assembly resumed voting on a number of motions. The Secretariat also presented the outcome of the elections for positions of the IUCN Regional Councillors, Commission Chairs, Treasurer and President for the period 2017-2020. The Members’ Assembly re-elected Zhang Xinsheng as IUCN President and Patrick de Heney as Treasurer for the period 2017-2020. A contact group met in the evening on motion 7 on closure of domestic markets for elephant ivory.

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6th Sitting of the Members' Assembly


View of the dais during discussions of the draft IUCN programme 2017-2020


Zhang Xinsheng, President, IUCN

Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General


John Robinson, Councillor for North America and Vice President, IUCN

Tamar Pataridze, Regional Councillor
for Eastern Europe, North and
Central Asia, IUCN

Cyriaque Sendashonga, Global Director, IUCN Policy and Programme Group


Delegates during the session


Gabriela Pignataro,
Cultura Ambiental, Uruguay

Manu Monge Ganuzas,
Geological Society of Spain

José Brilha, European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage


Abdou Kane, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal

Nicholas Robinson, International Council
of Environmental Law (ICEL)

Tereza Thompson, State Nature Conservancy, Slovakia


Marina von Weissenberg, Department of the Natural Environment/Biodiversity, Finland


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


Malik Amin Aslam Khan, Vice President, IUCN

Simon Stuart, Species Survival Commission, IUCN


Cath Wallace, Environment and Conservation Organisations
of New Zealand

Antonio Claparols,
Ecological Society of the Philippines


Margaret Beckel, Canada National Committee, IUCN


Skumsa Mancotya, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa


Delegates vote for various motions throughout the morning


7th Sitting of the Members' Assembly


Delegates gather for the 7th sitting of the Members' Assembly to elect the IUCN Commission Chairs, Treasurer and President


Michael Wilson, Election Officer, IUCN

Delegates vote for the officers



Patrick de Heney, Treasurer, IUCN

Spencer Thomas, Chair, Finance and Audit Committee, IUCN


Delegates applaud the election of the IUCN Regional Councillors, Commission Chairs, Treasurer and President


Sean Southey, Chair, Commission on Education and Communication

Jon Paul Rodríguez, Chair,
Species Survival Commission

Angela Andrade, Chair,
Commission on Ecosystem Management


Antonio Herman Benjamin, Chair, World Commission on Environmental Law

Kathy MacKinnon, Chair, World Commission on Protected Areas

Kristen Walker Painemilla, Chair, Commission on Environmental,
Economic and Social Policy


Patrick de Heney, Treasurer, IUCN

Zhang Xinsheng, President, IUCN



Around the Venue



Delegates speak informally between sessions


Sione Leolahi, Niue Island United Association of NGOs,
with Siosiua Latu, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy
and Information, Tonga

Susan Lieberman, Wildlife Conservation Society, US, with Dawud Mume, Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority


A delegate reads the IISD website for
coverage of the IUCN Congress

Jaime Bonilla Barbosa, Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation, Mexico, and Olivier Chassot, Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation, Costa Rica








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