In her first visit to Brussels as IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre has held high level talks with European Union Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, as well as other senior European Commission officials and members of the European Parliament on the next World Conservation Congress, to be held in Barcelona in October 2008.
Julia Marton-Lefèvre, and her colleagues during the visit to the European Parliament
During her inaugural visit to Brussels this week as the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) new Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, and her colleagues created further momentum for the next World Conservation Congress in Barcelona in October 2008.
In meetings with the Commissioner for Environment Stavros Dimas and other high-level representatives from European institutions, Ms Marton-Lefèvre invited the European Commission to highlight its European and global initiatives in nature conservation and sustainable development during the Congress.
She also encouraged Members of the European Parliament to join the conservation community in Barcelona in order to define and launch the Barcelona Legacy which will provide a vision and action plan for a paradigm shift towards and beyond 2010.
During a reception in the IUCN Regional Office for Europe which was hold under the motto “Sailing to Barcelona 2008”, the more than 100 guests welcomed the idea of a parade of sailing boats and research vessels in front of the Congress venue delivering symbolically key political messages on the 2010 biodiversity target.
Guests to the reception witnessed the launch of “The BioDaVersity Code”. The film is a new animated parody of the Da Vinci Code explaining in a simple way the dependence of humans on ecosystem services.
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