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2012 is a busy year for environmental decision-making, with many large-scale conventions taking place. But the IUCN World Conservation Congress is a unique event with a unique audience. It is the only global summit that represents every aspect of conservation, bringing together leaders of all levels – from governments and international NGOs to academia and local charities.
The IUCN Congress is the place to interact directly with the decision-makers who influence the global conservation agenda. This is why you must come to Jeju next September.

Congress participants during the 2008 IUCN Congress in Barcelona

Up to 5 July, you can take advantage of the Early Bird fees, offering a 25% discount on the registration cost when you sign up and pay until that date.
IUCN strives to create meaningful links between science, policy and action and every four year the Congress puts momentum into our mission. In 2012, this landmark event takes a new direction, with greater synergy between the Forum and Members’ Assembly.
This is also the first Congress to be held in Northeast Asia. The Korean people are proving to be highly engaged hosts who won’t disappoint you with their hospitality and efficiency.

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> Find out more about Congress registration

Jeju marks 100 days until the Congress

IUCN Director General meets President of the Republic of Korea Lee Myung-Bak at the Blue House, 6 June 2012

An estimated 3,500 people attended the festivities in Jeju to celebrate 100 days until the 2012 Congress. Korea’s President Lee confirmed in person to IUCN's Director General that he would be opening the IUCN Congress on 6 September.

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The Forum at the World Conservation Congress

Forum event at the 2008 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The Congress Forum is a hub of public debate bringing together people from all walks of life to discuss the world’s most pressing conservation issues. Find out about the many different types of events you can get involved in to explore the depths of conservation and innovation.

> Ask your questions at the World Leaders Dialogues
> 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

Members' Assembly: democracy in action

Valli Moosa, Ashok Khosla

The Member’s Assembly is IUCN’s highest decision-making body. A unique global environmental parliament, it involves governments and NGOs – large and small, national and international – taking joint decisions.


 The Members' Assembly:

> Votes on motions that influence the whole of society
> Makes decisions on statutory documents guiding IUCN
> Elects the Council responsible for the good governance of IUCN

The Korean touch

Host country Korea during D-100

No one will contest that the World Conservation Congress is a global summit. But markedly in 2012, it will also be Korean. The Republic of Korea is a country full of spirit and surprises. It has mobilized resources and an impressive workforce to organize what promises to be a dashing Congress.

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Discover the treasures of Jeju island

Jeju Seongsan Illchubong

The Host Country is giving participants the chance to go on one-day-long ecological excursions – free of charge – on the official excursion day on 13 September. A limited number of two-day excursions around Korea can also be enjoyed at a great discount.

> Find out more about free ecotours
> Jeju in pictures
> Jeju in film

From the Host Country

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

The World Conservation Congress is hosted by the Republic of Korea and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province on Jeju Island, crown jewel of the Yellow Sea. The summit could not happen without the support of the Ministry of Environment of the Korean Government and Jeju Special Self-Governing Province.

> Keep up to date with the Korean Organizing Committee

30 June: Book your accommodation through the official housing bureau until that date to get guaranteed priority booking
5 July (24:00 GMT/UTC): Make sure to have fully completed your registration to benefit from the Early Bird fees. Payments also need to be processed by the same day to qualify for the discount
5 July: Deadline to sign up for free and discounted ecotours to discover the ecological treasures of Jeju island
8 July: The list of reviewed motions and the next set of statutory documents that will be presented during the Congress are published


Sneak peek Get a sneak peek of the events at the Congress
> Browse the programme


Official Congress website

2012 Congress logo All you need to know about Congress and more
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Congress 2.0

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The Congress in music

2am sings about Congress Korean band 2am sings the Congess song
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Official Housing Bureau

International Convention Centre, Jeju Book your hotel until 30 June to get priority
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Air travel

Royalty free image for non-commercial use  Book your flights through the official agency
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Royalty free for non commercial use Do you need a visa to travel to Jeju? 
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Got a question?

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Forum web-spaces

Forum web-spaces Manage your event in a few simple clicks
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Impact of IUCN

Jeff paper - newsletter April 2012 What impact do resolutions have on global conservation?
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Health check

Assessment of the implementation of the 2008 Resolutions Diagnosis of the 2008 resolutions' implementation
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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; Congress 2008 © UICN-Muntaner; Marton-Lefèvreand Korean Preident Lee © Blue House; Sneak peek © SXC.hu; Forum 2008 © IUCN; Members' Assembly 2008 © IUCN; Congress logo © IUCN; Facebook and Twitter logos © Facebook/Twitter; 2am © Korean Organizing Committee; D-100 in Jeju © Jeju Weekly; Jeju © Jeju Special Self-governing Province; Host country logos © Jeju Special Self-governing Province/Ministry of Environment of Korea; Airplane © SXC.hu; Passport © SXC.hu; Question mark © SXC.hu; Forum web-spaces © IUCN; Impact of IUCN resolutions © IUCN; Diagnostic of 2008 resolutions © IUCN Spain.