The 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress will be held in Jeju, in the Republic of Korea, the IUCN Council decided in its 73rd regular meeting.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Held every four years, it brings together top professionals from all regions to share knowledge on how our natural environment should be managed for the continued wellbeing of humanity and all life on Earth.
“After careful consideration of two excellent proposals from the Korean and Mexican governments, IUCN is delighted to announce the next World Conservation Congress will be held in Jeju, in the Republic of Korea,” says IUCN President Ashok Khosla. “Not only does Jeju have sound experience in organizing large, complex events, it also has a strong environmental track record.”
The International Convention Centre is located in the Jungmun Resort Complex in Jeju, an island to the south of the Republic of Korea’s mainland. The state-of-the-art facility is set in a well-preserved natural environment and has committed to the “Green Convention Practice” by adopting renewable energy, electronic banners and recycled materials.
The IUCN National Committee of the Republic of Korea is actively involved in joint projects with IUCN, including plans to open up a project office for the Demilitarized Zone and an educational centre for Asian climate change.
A signature book expressing support for hosting the 2012 World Conservation Congress in Jeju was signed by 1.3 million members of the general public. All members of the Republic of Korea’s National Assembly signed a commitment to the 2012 World Conservation Congress.
Jeju is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Mount Hallasan and Seongsan Illchulbong and Ramsar wetland sites, each with their own unique ecosystems. Excellent facilities at the Congress venue, generous financial coverage, a comprehensive volunteer recruitment plan, a strong network of IUCN Members and grass-root organizations supporting the bid, favourable accommodation and visa facilitation, all helped secure the final decision.
The last World Conservation Congress was held in Barcelona, Spain, in October 2008. Close to 7,000 leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and social organizations discussed, debated and agreed on solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental issues.
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