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Ask world leaders the questions you want to see addressed!

The World Leaders Dialogues is the highlight of the World Conservation Congress. A balanced mix of experts, politicians and CEOs, moderated by prominent journalists, will focus on the Congress themes, giving pace to inspirational, challenging analyses of the current state of nature and conservation. A total of five dialogues will take place, one each evening of the Forum.


Nature+ people & governance: Can conservation tackle poverty?

On 10 September, four world-class panellists will debate issues surrounding the theme Nature+ people & governance. This dialogue will be moderated by Lisa Friedman, Deputy Editor for ClimateWire.

People climbing up, Guatemala

The panel
Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Suk-Chae Lee, Chairman & CEO, Korea Telecom
Samuela Saumatua, Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Fiji
Erik Solheim, Former Minister of Environment and International Development, Norway
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director, Tebtebba Foundation

> Submit your questions and comments to the panel before the Congress!

Find out about the other types of events at the Forum


> Find out about cutting-edge conservation at the Workshops
> Share your views on challenging issues at the Knowledge Café
> Get hands-on training at the Conservation Campus
> See how people convey their ideas in 2D with Posters
> Learn about innovative partnerships at the Pavilions
> Network in a relaxed atmosphere at the social events
At a workshop on governance at the World Conservation Congress in Bangkok
Nature+, the 2012 World Conservation Congress slogan

A slogan for the Congress
The Congress theme is Nature+, a simple and memorable slogan that captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of our lives.


A total of five focal themes will be addressed during the Congress and the Forum will dedicate one day of the Forum to each theme. 

> 7 September: Nature+ climate
> 8 September: Nature+ food
> 9 September: Nature+ development
> 10 September: Nature+ people & governance
> 11 September: Nature+ life
Nature+ people & governance

Nature+ people & governance: Effective and equitable governance of nature’s use
People everywhere depend on nature for their well-being. From food, fuel and freshwater, to crop pollination, flood protection and climate regulation, nature provides the fundamental infrastructure needed for societies to survive and prosper.

> Watch video on Nature+ people & governance

Your unique chance for conservation training: reserve your place now!

Slices of dried Devil´s Claw tubers in the hands of a local harvester, Botswana

Don't miss out on your chance to get hands-on training on a choice of 46 exclusive half- and full-day sessions at the Conservation Campus! Spaces are limited: put your name down now to take part in this rich learning experience.

> Find out more

Be a Congress Blogger!

Brian Thomson interviewing

Calling all staff, Members and partners. Share your thoughts, issues and stories through the IUCN Blog during the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Send your text and photos by email!


Let's make the Congress a green event!

Recycling at a local government facility

IUCN wants to engage all Congress contributors and participants to adopt an environmentally-sensitive and coherent approach. All individual and collective actions taken toward a green development count.


• Reduce your luggage weight by bringing only essential things
• Make sure to not introduce any invasive species
• Use the shuttle buses, public transport, or cycling to commute between the Congress venue and your accommodation
• Offset greenhouse gas emissions by contributing to the voluntary carbon offset scheme through the online registration process

> Find out more

Rainforest rehabilitation to offset Congress footprint

Bornean Orang-utan

To help compensate for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the World Conservation Congress, IUCN has selected Infapro for effective offsetting. The project is is based on improved forest management in Borneo.

> Read more

Tip of the week

Seoul street

Planning a stop-over in Seoul? Discover what you can do on a five-day itinerary in South Korea's capital city.

> See travelling tips to Seoul

From the Host Country

Logos of the Korean Ministry of Environment and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

The Ministry of Environment of the Korean Government and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province are kindly hosting the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2012. They have established the Korean Organizing Committee (KOC) in order to fully support the preparations.

> Keep up to date with the KOC


Create a custom-made personal agenda of the Congress by searching through the Online Programme: check!
 Send your statement of credentials to get Member accreditation: check!
Weather in Jeju today? 27°C, light rain shower
Free shuttle buses will be provided from Jeju airport to your hotel Starting 4 September


What are the Congress's strengths?

“[The] ability to learn up-to-date knowledge and opinions on a wide range of relevant issues and be stimulated.” 2008 survey respondent


Royalty free for non commercial use Search events or log in to customize your personal agenda
> Browse the programme


Online accreditation

Voices from the Members Apply for your accreditation to vote or speak at the Assembly before 6 September
> Go now


Electronic voting

VII Foro Mesoamericano de miembros pródigo en mociones para el próximo Congreso Mundial de Conservación For the first time ever, Members will use an electronic system to vote at the Assembly
> Guidelines


Motions schedule

Members voting on motions at the 2008 IUCN Congress in Barcelona With numerous motions being presented to the Members, this rough schedule will help the smooth running of the Assembly
> See schedule


Official Congress website

2012 Congress logo All you need to know about Congress and more
> www.iucn.org/congress


Congress 2.0

Facebook and Twitter Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter using #iucn2012
> Facebook
> Twitter


Upcoming deadlines

27 August: Shipping by airfreight
30 August: Courier service (max 100kgs and DDP TERM) at Jeju warehouse.
> More info


Korean food Order catering until 25 August
> Order now


Draft Programme 2013-16

IUCN draft programme 2013-2016 Members at Congress will have their say on the IUCN Programme for the next four years
> Learn more


Statutory documents

book The list of documents that Members will be making decisions on at Congress
> See all


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IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

Photo credits: Banner © IUCN; People climbing up, Guatemala © IUCN; Workshop on governance, Forum 2004 © IUCN; Nature+ logo © IUCN; Theme icon © IUCN; 2008 Forum © IUCN; Online programme © SXC.hu; Hands-on training © IUCN/ Barbara Schuster; Members accreditation © IUCN; Motions process © IUCN / J.Muntaner; Be a blogger © IUCN; Recycling © Anna Knee; Congress logo © IUCN; Facebook and Twitter logos © Facebook and Twitter; Elections © IUCN ORMA; Orangutans © Infapro; Korean food © Jeju Special Self-governing Province; Downtown Seoul © Célia Zwahlen; Host country logos © Jeju Special Self-governing Province/Ministry of Environment of Korea; Book © IUCN; Draft Programme © IUCN; Question mark © SXC.hu.