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Véronique Zurcher, Membership Officer, outlines some of the priorities for 2011

Dear colleagues,

2010 has been a busy but exciting year. Much has happened and more is to come. 2011 is going to be a critical year for IUCN Members so I will focus on highlighting some of the milestones and work ahead of us.

The Regional Fora will provide Members, Commissions and Secretariat with an opportunity to meet and prepare for the next World Conservation Congress, taking place from 6 to 15 September 2012, in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Agendas of the Regional Fora will include consultation on the IUCN Programme 2013-2016 and on the changes proposed to the governance of the Union from the IUCN Council, as well as training sessions on all aspects of the Congress (motions process, accreditation, voting, etc.) to ensure Members are well prepared to exercise their rights and to get the most out of this huge and sometime daunting event that is the Congress.

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A selection of the latest conservation news from and for Members featured on the IUCN website.

> IUCN welcomes International Year of Forests
> International Year of Biodiversity: what have we achieved?
> Sad loss of Dr. Mohamed Ali Abrougui
> Discover Banff National Park, home of the Grizzly Bear
> IUCN’s President looks at the status of soil and land
> New oil platform off Sakhalin – whale scientists will have a say
> Next steps for biodiversity
> Mozart and ventriloquial frogs: hope and warning for Haiti’s recovery
> Freshwater species at risk in Eastern Himalaya development surge
> There's no going back: shifts in focus to save the natural world
> IUCN Member RSPN receives MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions
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News from IUCN Council

The 75th Meeting of the IUCN Council took place at Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland from 18-20 November 2010.

> Access the Overview of the 75th Meeting of Council as well as the Council decisions via the Members' Portal

Reminder: Applications for IUCN Membership

Members have been sent the circulation list of applications for IUCN Membership to be considered by the IUCN Council at its 23-25 May 2011 meeting. Please note that the deadline to object to an application is 9 March 2011.


Members' Portal

This is an exclusive platform for Members to share knowledge, engage with other IUCN Members and learn about new opportunities. Visit the Members' Portal to view recent information from the IUCN Council and Secretariat and to access interesting opportunities: jobs, funding and awards.

> Members' Portal

IUCN expert Commissions

 Latest Commission newsletters/reports:

> Commission on Education and Communication (CEC)
> Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)
> Commission on Environmental Law (CEL)
> Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM)
> Species Survival Commission (SSC)
> World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
> Join a Commission
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Remember that Members are entitled to a 33.3% discount when purchasing books in the IUCN Publications catalogue!
Send us news of your new publications to: membership@iucn.org 

> Access recent IUCN Publications
Children of French Polynesia with books from the Honu Toolkit

2012 World Conservation Congress

Stay up to date with developments on the Congress web pages

Outcomes of past IUCN World Conservation Congresses and General Assemblies (Resolutions and Recommendations, Proceedings, Evaluations, etc.) are now also available on the Congress web pages.

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IUCN Conservation tools

Take advantage of our conservation databases and tools that have already proved helpful to hundreds of organizations!
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