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Chimpanzees in Taï National Park Park, Côte d'Ivoire

Governments still behind on commitments to avert biodiversity crisis

Pyeongchang, Republic of South Korea, 17 October 2014 – Despite increasing recognition of the biodiversity crisis and its impacts on human well-being, the scale of the government response is far from commensurate with the magnitude of the calamity, says IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 12), closing today in South Korea. …   | Spanish

17 Oct 2014 | International news release

Inger Andersen

Inger Andersen named IUCN Director General

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, announced today the appointment of Inger Andersen as the new Director General of the Union starting in January 2015. …   | Dutch

14 Oct 2014 | International news release

Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of severe storms in the Pacific

Oceans and climate change at the forefront as three sailing canoes unite on an important voyage

Pressure increases on the developed world to open its eyes to the realities of climate change, as the Mua Voyage expands to three canoes – sailing on behalf of all Pacific Islanders with the message to the world about ‘Our People, Our Islands, Our Ocean, Our Future’. …  

14 Oct 2014 | News story

Shark Reef Marine Reserve logo

Creation of a new Marine Park in Fiji

In November 2014, the Fiji Shark Reef Marine Reserve will formally be declared a National Marine Park by the government of Fiji. This is a first in the archipelago and the result of an excellent local initiative which took 11 years to succeed from which the whole community will benefit. …  

09 Oct 2014 | News story

British Island Deputy Premier Kedrick Pickering and Seychelles Ambassador Ronald Jumeau at the conference

SIDS Conference, 1-4 September 2014, Apia, Samoa

Islands’ biodiversity is especially important due to the high number of endemic species they harbour and particularly threatened as islands are facing high impacts from climate change with rising sea level, increased ocean temperature and acidity affecting their surrounding marine environment , as well as more frequent and violent storms. Islands’ ecosystems also face threats like invasive species and development. Conserving islands’ biodiversity thanks to sustainable development is key to achieve international conservation targets. …  

07 Oct 2014 | Article

Fiji's Uto ni Yalo, Samoa's Gaualofa and Cook Islands' Marumaru Atua in Suva, Fiji, as part of the Mua Voyage to IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Mua Voyage receives traditional welcome in Fiji

As momentum from across the Pacific builds for global action against climate change, members of Fiji’s Uto ni Yalo crew provided a traditional welcome for boat crew members from the Cook Islands and Samoan voyaging canoes who arrived into Suva today armed with their message on people, oceans and climate change. …  

06 Oct 2014 | News story

The crew of the Gaualofa prior to its departure from Apia, Samoa, as part of the Mua Voyage to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney

Mua Voyage: Samoan and Cook Islands voyaging canoes on way to Fiji

The Samoan voyaging canoe Gaualofa has joined the Cook Islands’ Marumaru Atua on the second leg of the Mua Voyage to Sydney, raising awareness about the importance of people, oceans and climate change in the Pacific – next stop, Fiji! …  

03 Oct 2014 | News story

Mr Tua Pittman of the Cook Islands Voyaging Society speaking at the launch of the Marumaru Atua - the start of the 'Mua: Guided by Nature' voyage to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Destination Sydney: Mua voyage launches from Cook Islands with message on people, oceans and climate change

The Marumaru Atua has set sail from Rarotonga, Cook Islands, the first of four Pacific voyaging canoes that will sail to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, conveying the message to the world about Our People, Our Islands, Our Ocean, Our Future. …  

25 Sep 2014 | News story

Gray whale breaching

Landmark cooperation for conservation of Critically Endangered western Gray Whale

Representatives of the Russian Federation, USA and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement IUCN’s range-wide Western Gray Whale Conservation Plan. …  

24 Sep 2014 | News story

Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) in Nusa Penida MPA, Bali, Indonesia

IUCN supports Global Ocean Commission petition for a new agreement on high seas protection: less than a week to go

On 21 September, the Global Ocean Commission will deliver a petition to United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The document calls for a new international agreement (under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) to secure conservation and sustainable use of high seas resources. …  

16 Sep 2014 | News story

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