Open call for IUCN World Conservation Congress

Congress dates: 3-11 September 2021

The IUCN World Conservation Congress has grown to be the world’s largest and most democratic recurring conservation event in the world, bringing the expertise and influence of its powerful membership to bear on the most pressing issues of the time. It has three parts: a marketplace of ideas called the Forum, an Exhibition showcasing conservation’s initiatives from across the world and a voting session for IUCN Members called the Members’ Assembly. There will be Heads of State and other high-level government officials, top CEOs and business leaders, representatives from indigenous groups and leading civil society organisations of all shapes and sizes along with top scientists, academics, influencers, educators and artists from all over the world. You can share your latest conservation work and gain institutional visibility with the media and with the Congress’ influential participants. Learn from technical and scientific experts, network and build global partnerships, and influence the decisions that will impact your work.

Decisions from IUCN’s diverse and influential membership carry a powerful mandate and help shape worldwide conservation and sustainable development agendas for years to come. In the current period, this role takes on even greater importance as the outcomes of the Congress will shape the policy debates leading into the UN Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties (CoP15) in China.

A healthy, natural world can provide up to a third of the greenhouse gas mitigation needed to maintain safe global temperatures. It is also a prerequisite for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By protecting and restoring nature and putting nature-based solutions to use, humanity can reach these goals. Neglecting nature makes them near impossible. The IUCN Congress brings scientific and technical experts to the table with political and private sector leaders to show how getting nature right can help achieve climate objectives and the vision of a more prosperous, healthy and equitable world by 2030.

If you are interested in participating you could join the IFSA delegation, with the possibility to have partial funding provided for the selected candidates, the deadline for registration is 28 August 2021:

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