UAE to Host World's Largest IUCN World Conservation Congress 2025

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International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)The next International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress will be held from 9 to 15 October 2025 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

An overview of the news

  • The United Arab Emirates was selected as the host country based on a rigorous evaluation process of its candidature.

  • The United Arab Emirates has a long-standing collaboration with IUCN, with seven IUCN Member organizations and the National Committee based there.

  • The country is home to 50 scientific and policy experts who are members of IUCN Commissions.

  • The selection of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) as the venue was supported by a broad range of governmental authorities and civil society organizations.

About IUCN World Conservation Congress

  • The IUCN Congress is the world's largest conservation event, held every four years.

  • The Congress brings together leaders from government, civil society, Indigenous peoples' organizations, business, and academia.

  • Its purpose is to determine the world's most pressing environmental and development challenges and develop actions to address them.

  • The Congress will focus on delivering the Global Biodiversity Framework adopted by over 190 countries in December.

  • The Framework includes targets to enhance the conservation of ecosystems, species, and genetic diversity.

Previous IUCN World Conservation Congress

  • The previous IUCN World Conservation Congress was held in 2021 in Marseille, France.

  • It had almost 6,000 people attending on-site and over 3,500 participants online.

  • During the congress, 148 resolutions and recommendations were adopted, including calls to protect 80% of the Amazon by 2025 and halt deep-sea mining across the oceans.

  • The global community was urged to adopt an ambitious One Health approach.

  • The IUCN Climate Crisis Commission was established during the congress.

About International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

  • It is an international organization that works towards the conservation and sustainable use of nature and natural resources.

  • It was established in 1948 and is the world's largest and most diverse environmental network. 

  • It brings together governments, non-governmental organizations, scientists, and experts from around the world.

  • The primary mission of the IUCN is to encourage, and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature.

  • It strives to promote the sustainable use of natural resources and support actions that tackle pressing environmental challenges.

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