What is IUCN ?
Created in 1948, IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations “united for development and life”. Committed to human progress, its main mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.
As an international organization, IUCN is active in many areas. It established the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, which has since evolved into the world’s most comprehensive data source on the global extinction risk of species. Gathering experts from a variety of backgrounds, IUCN offers solutions to governments and institutions for environmental protection. Indeed, it spearheads many international standards and guidelines.
Every 4 years, members, leaders and decision-makers meet at the World Conservation Congress, designed to tackle global environmental challenges. The event is organized in two parts:
- The Forum, held in the Parc Chanot, will be open for the first time to the public. It includes vari
ous types of events, from high level dialogues to training workshops, in order to present innovative solutions and highlight actions taken in favor of sustainable development. The Nature Generation Areas will highlight projects of committed citizens through workshops, games, conferences and immersive experiences. Calls for contributions have also been launched for all those wishing to make suggestions. More than 100,000 visitors are expected!
- The Members‘ Assembly, considered as a “unique environmental parliament in the world”, is where governments and NGOs will make joint major decisions on conservation and sustainability, defining motions and a roadmap for the next four years.
This crucial Congress gives impetus to the environmental decade and prepares for the COP15 which will take place in Beijing at the end of the year. It is also the opportunity for France to demonstrate its commitment to protecting biodiversity.