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Global IUCN Events

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The 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

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1-10 September 2016 | Hawaiʻi

Visit the Congress website

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is IUCN's largest global event, bringing together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges.

The Congress is the place where IUCN’s more than 1,300 Member organisations exercise their rights, influence the global conservation agenda and guide IUCN’s work plan for the four years to follow.


The 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress

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12-19 November 2014 | Sydney

Read the Promise of Sydney

Over 6000 participants from over 170 countries met at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Acknowledging the traditional owners of the land where we met, we celebrated an enormous variety of inspiring ways of addressing the challenges facing the planet, through protected area approaches that respect and conserve nature, while benefitting human health and prosperity. We recognized that rebalancing the relationship between human society and nature is essential, and that ecosystems and their variety of life fully support our existence, cultural and spiritual identity, economies and well-being.

The Promise of Sydney is the key output document of the World Parks Congress and can be accessed via the link to the left.


Australian Committee Events

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ACIUCN runs various high-profile events to bring together the Australian Membership of IUCN and ACIUCN from across government, NGOs and academia in order to advise on best practice policy and decision making in Australia and beyond.

These events range from the annual two-day flagship Science Informing Policy Symposium Series series; to high-profile cross-institutional workshops and roundtable discussions on key environmental topics including the Great Barrier Reef, Heritage and Northern Australia; to guest speaker events and book launches.

The Science Informing Policy Symposium Series

In 2011, ACIUCN launched a new annual symposium series. Our aim is to use the unique apolitical and cross–sectoral status of IUCN to convene experts from across government, academic and NGO sectors to discuss strategic conservation issues. ACIUCN partners with members of IUCN and other conservation bodies to plan and hold the event and produce an output publication.

Each symposium brings an evidence-based and scientific voice to a major environmental policy debate, providing a platform for sharing experience and knowledge from conservation practitioners and distilling this collective wisdom into practical policy recommendations.

Each Symposium usually takes place over two days with numbers kept deliberately under 120 to allow for real participation and high networking value. The style is collegiate with the maximum amount of time allowed for discussion. We also endeavour to provide an evening drinks event for informal exchange and social interaction. The outcome of each symposium will vary, in some cases a statement of recommended policy options, but in others a full publication.

Roundtables & workshops

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Great Barrier Reef Consultations

In 2013 and 2014, ACIUCN provided the platform for government to interact with stakeholders as part of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.

Northern Australia

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Australia's Heritage Strategy

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Developments in Global Oceans Governance and Conservation

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