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IUCN Digest – 23 January 2024

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23 January 2024 Edition

Message from the President and Director General

Dear Members,

The 54th Annual Meeting of The World Economic Forum took place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, last week. It was encouraging that nature continued to rise up the agenda there. For instance, at an ocean high-level roundtable, IUCN ensured Nature’s Baton was passed to Greece, host of the next “Our Ocean Conference”. This baton started its international journey at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France, and was last at the IUCN Pavilion in Dubai, UAE, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. 

We also wish to remind you that it is now one month until the deadline to help shape IUCN’s contributions to the Nature-Positive agenda. We are developing an approach to allow stakeholders to set and achieve nature-positive targets for species and ecosystems. We are also proud to be part of the core stewardship group of the Nature-Positive Initiative

Lastly, we are in the final preparations for the upcoming Conference of the Parties for the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP14). The COP, which will take place from 12-17 February in Uzbekistan, will run under the theme “Nature knows no borders” – a reminder that migratory species can only be protected through international cooperation. We invite you to consult our website to learn more about IUCN’s position and side-events. 

The year has started full of energy and positive actions. When we Unite for Nature, we will continue to achieve a better future for people and planet. 

Razan Al Mubarak

Grethel Aguilar 
Director General   


IUCN News pages

Guiding the next chapter: Oliver Avramoski appointed IUCN ECARO director as the office marks its 20th anniversary

IUCN Members and Commissions from Latin America and the Caribbean consolidate their contributions to the Action Plan on Human Rights Defenders in Environmental Matters

IUCN Members in Asia commit to strengthened conservation action at Regional Members Committee

Results of the e-vote by IUCN Members that took place in December 2023 – hybrid Congress and Dues for Venue-based organisations

Read Unite for Nature – Issue 2

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Key Events for IUCN

IUCN at CMS COP14, 12 to 17th of February 2024.

Harnessing Appropriate and Innovative Technology and Digital Solutions to Support Robust Implementation of the Global Biodiversity Framework, 14th February 2024.

3rd Interinstitutional Seminar on Green Criminology in Mexico, 13 February to 2nd May 2024.

First World Species Congress, 15th May, 2024

Resolutions and Recommendations

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 unites the world behind a common goal: preventing, halting and reversing the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. Being a conservation agency, this UN Decade is particularly important for IUCN. In fact, four of the Resolutions adopted in 2020 and during the World Conservation Congress in Marseille were dedicated to ecosystem restoration.

Resolution 7.025Ecosystem conservation, restoration and remediation in the ocean requests the whole Union to promote ecosystem conservation, restoration and remediation for all marine environments, and to provide support for the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. 

Resolution 7.035 – Promoting IUCN leadership in the implementation of the UN Decade on Restoration 2021-2030 asks to promote implementation of the Decade in the context of the IUCN Programme 2021-2024, advising governments in the development of ecosystem management strategies, and invites all Members to develop activities for the implementation of the UN Decade, and to address the drivers of ecosystem degradation.

Resolution 7.078 – Conservation, restoration and sustainable management of mangrove ecosystems urges Members to take measures to protect, sustainably manage and restore mangroves ecosystems, and to promote knowledge and adaptive management. and involve local communities and traditional owners in such activities.

Resolution 7.127 – Strengthening the protection of primary and old-growth forests in Europe and facilitating their restoration where possible encourages States in Europe to promote a legal framework for the conservation and restoration of such forests, with actions to set their strict protection as a goal for the European Green Deal, and prohibiting timber sourcing from them, among others.

Has your work contributed to the implementation of IUCN Resolutions? Let us know by submitting an Activity Report on the Resolutions and Recommendations Platform


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World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) – Bulletin, December 2023

Species Survival Commission (SSC) – Species e-bulletin, November2023

Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) – Newsletter December 2023

Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy Newsletter – December 2023

Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) – Newsletter December 2023


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