The 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress will be hosted by the US government and the State of Hawai’i in Honolulu, Hawai’i, from 1 to 10 September. The theme of the Congress, “Planet at the Crossroads,” will focus on the recently agreed collective challenge of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the next 15 years, which represents an ambitious agenda for improving human living conditions for all, without depleting the planet’s natural assets beyond its capacity to recover.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress meets every four years to bring together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grassroots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to global environment and development challenges. Among other objectives, the World Conservation Congress will launch the Hawai’i commitments: globally transformative and innovative conservation initiatives to meet the critical challenges and opportunities of our time, including the imperative to scale up action on biodiversity and the SDGs. The event will consist of the Members’ Assembly that will deliberate on IUCN resolutions and recommendations regarding key conservation issues, and a four-day Forum, with debates, workshops, dialogues, round-table discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions focusing on the key motions of protected areas, natural capital, biodiversity offsets, ocean governance, oil palm expansion, and ecotourism.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has produced daily reports, daily web coverage, summary videos from the Forum and the Members Assembly, as well as a summary report from the IUCN Congress 2016, which is available in HTML and PDF format.
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