Once every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings 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 aims to improve how we manage the natural world for human, social and economic development. It is a place for stakeholders from across society to come together in a central space to collaborate and develop strong and robust environmental governance.
The Congress is the largest conservation event on Earth. For the Coalition it presents a key moment to engage with our many partners in the conservation community, especially in the lead up to the UN CBD COP15 negotiations which will deliver a critically important new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
The Coalition has a significant presence at this years’ Congress. We’re core partners in the Post-2020 Biodiversity Pavilion and the Business and Nature Hub where we’ll be co-running an exciting program of sessions and events across the week. You can learn more about our sessions and how to watch them by signing up to the dedicated group in our online community platform.
A key part of the Congress is the Member’s Assembly. The Assembly brings together over 1400 organizations and institutions, including conservation organizations, civil society, indigenous peoples’ organizations and governments to vote on its future program of action and budget, as well as on motions that, if approved, become part of the IUCN’s general policy.
One of the motions that will be discussed at the Member’s Assembly is motion ‘062 – Towards a Policy on Natural Capital’. Although the Coalition is not a member of the IUCN and cannot vote on motions, during the Congress we’ll be advocating the adoption of motion 062.
The motion covers the development of key principles to deliver fair and just application of natural capital approaches, and aims to ensure that actions taken to preserve and restore natural capital are equitable, effective and sustainable.
“By accounting for natural capital, business can revolutionize their decision-making and better manage their full range of assets. This approach, done well, bodes well for business, nature and people“, said Dr Bruno Oberle, IUCN Director General.