Preparation of the World Conservation Congress (IUCN)

7 January 2021 to 15 January 2021

Postponement of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

In the light of the evolution of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Government of the French Republic have decided to postpone the IUCN 2020 World Conservation Congress in Marseille to 7 - 15 January 2021, although originally scheduled for 11 - 19 June 2020.


Preparation of the World Conservation Congress (IUCN)
Information about the congress can be found on the website:
Opening Ceremony and Opening Reception: June 11, 2020
Forum: from June 12 to 15. Members' meeting: from 16 to 19 June. 19 June: closing ceremony
Facts and figures on the 2016 Congress
This congress takes place every 4 years.
- 1,380 sessions More than 10,000 participants from 180 countries
- 121 Resolutions, Recommendations and other decisions
- 21,000 press articles on the Congress throughout the event
- More than 1,300 registered participants under 35 years of age
- A potential reach of 75 million people on social networks
- 100% of carbon emissions offset and ISO20121 certification sustainable event
For the first time, in 2020, a part will be open to the general public: 100,000 visitors are expected.
The 2020 Congress is a stopover on the road to COP 15, which will take place in China at the end of 2020.
7 themes for the 2020 Congress
- Managing landscapes and territories for nature and humans
- Conserving fresh water for life
- Restoring the health of the oceans
- Accelerate mitigation and adaptation to address climate change
- Supporting rights and ensuring effective and equitable governance
- Optimize economic and financial systems for sustainability
- Advancing knowledge, learning, innovation and technology
5 objectives
Demonstrate that nature protection produces results (present successes)
Strengthen the mobilization of future generations of leaders
Catalyze action and transformative initiatives
Mobilizing IUCN as a whole
Integrate and generalize nature protection

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