IUCN World Conservation Congress
The IUCN World Conservation Congress took place from 3-11 September 2021 in Marseille, France, in a hybrid format with nearly 6,000 registered participants on site and more than 3,500 online participants. As a founding and very active member of IUCN, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) participated in the main three components of the congress: The Members' Assembly, The Forum, and the Exhibition.
Held once every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, conservation and other NGOs, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, UN agencies, intergovernmental organisations, and academia, to influence the direction of conservation and global sustainable development for the next four years and to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development.
This year, the IUCN Congress focused on three main themes: the post-2020 biodiversity conservation framework, to be adopted by the parties to the UN Biodiversity Convention; the role of nature in the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic; and the need to transform the global financial system and direct investments into projects that benefit nature. In total, IUCN’s more than 1,500 Members adopted 148 resolutions and recommendations, 39 through a vote at the IUCN Congress in Marseille, and 109 through online voting prior to the event. More information available here.
Election for IUCN Council 2021 - 2025
IUCN Members elected a new Council for 2021-25, including for the positions of President, Treasurer, Chairs of Commissions and Regional Councillors.
We are pleased that two WCS colleagues were elected to the IUCN Council:
Dr. Madhu Rao, Senior Advisor for WCS Asia, will chair the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). Dr. Rao is a long-term WCPA member, with deep experience in protected areas and species conservation. She supports field programs at priority sites across Asia, implementing protected area creation and management, addressing human-wildlife conflict, and engaged with policy development.
Dr. Susan Lieberman, WCS Vice President for International Policy, will serve as a Regional Councilor for North America and the Caribbean. Dr. Lieberman is the 1st woman representing the United States at this level in the 75-year history. She has worked in international biodiversity conservation, at the intersection of science and policy, for her entire professional career. Currently, Dr. Lieberman directs and leads WCS’s policy engagement in multiple intergovernmental fora, including CITES, CMS, CBD, and the UNESCO-World Heritage Convention, and she is actively engaged with the CBD post-2020 biodiversity framework.
“We congratulate our colleagues Dr. Madhu Rao and Dr. Sue Lieberman whose decades of experience and commitment to conservation will serve the IUCN Council and members of IUCN well in these challenging times. We are grateful to Dr. John Robinson, former Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science at WCS, for serving on the IUCN Council for the past nine years.” WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper
(Left to right): Dr. Madhu Rao and Dr. Sue Lieberman
Selected Forum sessions and Exhibit events of interest
Saturday, 4 September
Sunday, 5 September
Monday, 6 September
Tuesday, 7 September
In the news
Pictures from the Congress
WCS staff at the Members' Assembly (left to right): Madhu Rao, Liz Bennett, John Robinson
WCS staff at the Exhibit (left to right): Emilie Fairet, Arnaud Goessens, Sandy Andelman, Clémence Bourlet
Presentation at the Post-2020 pavilion
Presentation at the Conservation Finance pavilion
WCS briefing for the IUCN WCC 2021
Two WCS Conservationists Elected to IUCN Council