The IUCN World Conservation Congress, held in Jeju (Korea) in 2012, initiated a series of high-level World Leaders’ Dialogues focused on critical environmental issues. Featuring leaders and experts from government, business, civil society, private sector and academia, these dialogues were one of the highlights of the IUCN Congress and the need for this type of event to be replicated was further cast in the Jeju Declaration signed at the Congress.
The World Leaders’ Conservation Forum will provide a platform for leaders from all sectors of society, including Governments, business, civil society and academia, to discuss and seek creative nature-based solutions to global environmental, economic, and social challenges.
Under the theme of ‘Nature: a path to peace and coexistence’, the World Leaders’ Conservation Forum 2015 is expected to inspire people around the world, to take concrete actions in favour of co-existence between human and nature, resilient ecosystems and sustainable development, and nature conservation and its role in peace-building.
World Leaders Conservation Forum will be designed to build bridges between the global and local actions towards positive impact on sustainable development. The results of the Forum will reflect multi-stakeholder perspectives as differentiated from purely inter-governmental processes such as the UN Conventions, which only brings out views of only a section of the important stakeholders.
The other distinguishing factor is that the conceptualization of this event is led by a Nation State, a trendsetting local government in collaboration with the largest international conservation membership network and the UN body jointly that sets an example of collaborative partnership for achieving sustainability.
One highly successful event at the World Conservation Congress held in Jeju, Republic of Korea, on 6-15 September, 2012 was the World Leaders Dialogues, a high-level series of discussions on critical environmental issues. These dialogues featured heads of international organizations, CEOs of eco-friendly businesses, and many internationally recognized experts, in a series of debates that addressed 5 key areas.
At the closing of the WCC in Jeju, the IUCN membership strongly endorsed the need for the World Leaders Dialogues to be continued. Further, this was clearly articulated within the construct of the Jeju Declaration that was adopted at the Congress. The specific wording within the relevant section of the Declaration referred to maintaining the World Leaders Conservation Forum.
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