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IUCN World Conservation Congress Jeju 2012

IUCN World Conservation Congress Jeju 2012

The environmental challenges that humanity faces today will be the focus of attention at the World Conservation Congress to be held from September 6 to 15, 2012, at the International Convention Center on Jeju Island, a treasure of the ecosystem and the first spot in the world to receive a UNESCO Triple Crown designation.

Jeju Island (photo courtesy of the Korean Organizing Committee for 2012 World Conservation Congress)
World Conservation Congress at a glance

The fifth edition of the congress is hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which has permanent official observer status at the United Nations General Assembly, in close collaboration with the Korean government. The congress is considered the most influential and authoritative event addressing environmental issues.

The so-called environmental Olympics held every four years is considered to be the most influential and authoritative event addressing environmental issues on the globe, and the largest of its kind.

Originating from the inaugural IUCN General Assembly in 1948 and followed by successive gatherings, the congress has provided a platform for lively discussion on diverse matters within its framework. Its title was changed to the current World Conservation Congress at the 1996 Montreal meeting. For its fifth edition, Jeju was named the first Northeast Asian host of the World Conservation Congress in the history of the event.

Over the ten days, participants converging at the world's leading environmental summit will debate, share, network, learn, commit, vote, and decide how to manage our natural environment for human, social, and economic development, seeking nature-based solutions to global challenges. Thousands of high-level decision-makers from governments, NGOs, academia, and business, as well as media come together to discuss the most crucial issues affecting the world we live in today.

Main topics of discussion at the Jeju congress agenda will include: valuing and conserving nature, governing nature’s use and sharing its benefits equitably, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in regards to climate change, food shortage, and green growth alongside other issues. Participants will discuss natural ecosystem services that are vastly undervalued by our governance systems and economic models, and further promote integrated and cohesive partnerships across borders as well as regions.

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* Congress Slogan

The slogan, ‘Nature+’ captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of our lives. Nature+ indicates potential inclusion of various environment-related issues in the main topic of nature. The plus sign means positive, more, better, added value, working together, inseparable, and urgent. We can build resilience and strengthen nature, and thus our own well-being, by scaling up local conservation successes and driving actions on the ground.

* Period: September 6 to 15, 2012 (ten days)
 - Opening: September 6, 2012
 - World Conservation Forum: September 7 to 11, 2012
 - Members' Assembly: September 8 to 15, 2012
 - Closing: September 15, 2012
* Venue: International Convention Center (ICC), Jeju

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