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June 2011
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IUCN welcomes 24 new Members and 3 National Committees

On 25 May 2011, the 76th Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 24 new Members to IUCN and officially recognized 3 National Committees from the Dominican Republic, the Republic of Congo and Thailand. The Council, President, Director General and entire family of IUCN extend a very warm welcome to the new Members and look forward to their active involvement. 
IUCN Members are encouraged to read the profiles on the newly admitted Members and to work together to achieve common goals, including the implementation of the IUCN Programme. 

> More information including 24 new Member profiles
King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus)

Please note that the next edition of Union Pulse will be issued in August 2011



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

> Sustainable Development in Canada's North
> Tourism threatens World Heritage in Japan
> ACT skydives for rhinos
> IUCN and Abu Dhabi join forces for conservation
> Half of Seychelles land territory to be protected
> Don't forget the birds at World Heritage
> CEESP Sharing Power Conference Film
> Update of IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
> Yellowstone: the return of the wolf
> Christophe Lefebvre elected President of French Committee
> Netherlands Committee disagrees with ODA policy
> Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh receives conservation award
> Protected Areas get a boost from Parks Canada
> IUCN and Shell: guiding the way
> World Environment Day: every forest voice should count
> Report to secure natural riches of North Africa and the Middle East
> Bonn "Can Do" Cancun Climate Change Agreement
> Greener ways to end poverty
> IUCN forum on forests and food security
> SOS: Call for Proposals now open
> Official launch of Cameroon Committee
Grey Wolf, as featured in the video Yellowstone: the return of the wolf

Council decisions

The 76th Meeting of the IUCN Council took place in the IUCN Conservation Centre in Gland, Switzerland, from 22 to 25 May 2011. Important outcomes of the Meeting were, among others: Council's approval of the 2010 IUCN Annual Report together with the 2010 Audited Financial Statements; the initiation of a process to advance a Members' vision for the future governance of IUCN; the approval of The ‘One Programme’ Charter - Working together to maximize Programme results; the identification of gaps in IUCN policy and listing of priority issues for the development of motions involving all parts of the Union; and the admission of 24 new IUCN Members. Council also approved a number of draft amendments of the IUCN Statutes, Regulations and Rules of Procedure of the World Conservation Congress for consultation with IUCN Members, including during the 2011 Regional Conservation Forums. This information has already been sent to Members via email. 

> Click here to access the Council decisions via the Members' Portal.
> If you would like to be reminded of your login details, please contact your Membership Focal Point.
76th meeting of IUCN Council, 23-25 May 2011

REMINDER: Regional Conservation Fora

The Regional Conservation Fora, taking place between May-October 2011, will provide Members, Commissions and the Secretariat with an opportunity to meet and prepare for the next World Conservation Congress (Jeju, Republic of Korea, 6-15 September 2012).

> West Asia: 2-5 May, Kuwait City, Kuwait
> South America: 13-15 June, Lima, Peru
> Central & Western Africa: 5-8 July, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
> Oceania: 23-25 August, Brisbane, Australia (no web page yet)
> Europe: 6-9 September, Bonn, Germany
> Canada: 19-20 September, Ottawa, Canada
> Eastern & Southern Africa: 20-22 September, Johannesburg, South Africa
> USA: 21 September, Washington DC, USA (no web page yet)
> Asia: 27-30 September, Seoul, Korea
> North Africa: 5-7 October, Rabat, Morocco
> Mesoamerica & Caribbean: 6-7 October, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (no web page yet)
Regional Conservation Fora provide opportunities to prepare for the next World Conservation Congress

Draft IUCN Programme for 2013-2016

The draft IUCN Programme for 2013-2016 is available for consultation on the IUCN website and the Members' portal.

> Read more
2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress Logo element

Membership Focal Point Training

Membership Focal Points from regional offices met with the Membership Unit in Gland from 6-10 June to undertake training on the new information systems that will be used to manage our relations with IUCN Members, National and Regional Committees from July onwards. Training was also received on the new Members' Portal, which will undergo further development in the coming months allowing for greater interaction between components of the Union.
In addition, colleagues discussed ways to strengthen communications and Members' engagement, in particular identifying opportunities at the Regional Conservation Forums and looking ahead to the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2012.

> Membership Focal Points
Membership Focal Point Training June 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

2012 World Conservation Congress

 Stay up to date with developments on the Congress web pages.

> The Call for Contributions for the Forum segment of the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress is now open!
International Convention Centre, Jeju - the location of the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress

IUCN expert Commissions

 Latest Commission newsletters/reports:

> Commission on Education and Communication (CEC)
> Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)
> CEESP Annual Report 2010
> Commission on Environmental Law (CEL)
> Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM)
> Species Survival Commission (SSC)
> World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
> Join a Commission
Flowers of Pakistan


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

IUCN Conservation tools

Take advantage of our conservation databases and tools that have already proved helpful to hundreds of organizations!
Access a range of Open Access Journals here

Research on great apes in the Goualougo Triangle, Republic of Congo

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Photo credits: Header © Aniszewski@ Dreamstime.com; King penguins © Jean-Philippe Palasi; Grey Wolf © Jean-Christophe Vié; 76th Council © Nicole Gooderson; Congress logo © IUCN; Congress logo element © IUCN; MFP training © Raj Kumar; Parrot © Gabriel Dávila; ICC Jeju © Jeju Special Self-Governing Province; Flower © IUCN Pakistan; Children in French Polynesia © Te mano o te moana; Research on great apes © Crikette Sanz.