The World Conservation Conference: a major international meeting on biodiversity

From 3-11 September 2021, France will host the World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for the first time in Marseille.

This event is one of the largest international biodiversity events. Organized every 4 years, it mobilizes nature conservation experts from the political world, research, associations and major international organizations, but also from businesses and citizens.

This conference will demonstrate global commitment on 7 key issues:

  • Natural views
  • fresh water,
  • oceans
  • climate change,
  • rights and governance,
  • knowledge, innovation and technology,
  • Economic and financial systems.

By organizing this conference, France affirms its commitment to protecting biodiversity and ecosystems and, more broadly, its leading role at the international level in environmental and climate issues.

Therefore, this meeting of states, communities, scientists, representatives of the private sector and civil society constitutes a unique opportunity to maintain the international mobilization in favor of biodiversity at the highest level. It will be one of the first major environmental events since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, ahead of COP15 in Kunming and COP26 in Glasgow.

Thus, the conference provides the opportunity to present the results of the initiatives launched on the occasion of the “One Planet Summit” in January 2021 in Paris, dedicated to biodiversity (in particular the Great Green Wall or the Mediterranean Model Plan).

It is also preparing COP15 for the Convention on Biological Diversity, which for biodiversity should be what the COP21 Paris climate conference was, by defining the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. (Protecting 30% of the planet, restoring ecosystems, protecting species, mobilizing financial resources, etc.).

In the context of the health crisis, the links between biodiversity, health and issues of nature-based economic recovery will be at the center of the discussions, echoing the “One Health” approach, which France actively supports through the High Level Expert Committee. Experts at the level or initiative PREZODE (“Preventing the Risks of Emergence of Zoonoses and Epidemics”).

The conference will take place from 3 to 11 September 2021 in Parc Chanot, in Marseille, in a hybrid format that allows the public to participate in a range of events on site, or to attend certain events remotely.

The spaces are open to the public

Nature’s Generation Spaces: September 4-11, 2021

The new Biodiversity Village, proposed by France, welcomes the general public free of charge and without registration and highlights more than 300 events and projects by French actors and citizens committed to preserving biodiversity. Actors in Espaces Générations Nature will raise public awareness on different topics (oceans, climate change, agriculture and soils, participatory innovations and sciences, etc.).

Exhibition Hall: from 4 to 9 September 2021

A place for meetings and exchanges for the public, delegates and invited personalities, the Exhibition Hall allows exhibitors to present their research, innovations and other work. It brings together the wings and wings of representatives from many countries.

The French Pavilion will host more than 80 events highlighting France’s strategic priorities in relation to biodiversity: a national strategy to combat imported deforestation, the agricultural environment, the fight against environmental crime, the financing of biodiversity protection, the links between biodiversity and climate …

Reserved areas for delegates and members of the IUCN

Forum: 4-7 September 2021

A space for public debate, the Forum allows actors from around the world to develop and think of solutions for sustainable development and nature protection. The “High Level Dialogues” will include in particular heads of state, ministers, heads of international organizations, heads of non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and scholars.

Members Assembly: 8-10 September 2021

The Council of Members has more than 1,300 members representing more than 160 countries, government agencies, economic development agencies, scientific and academic institutions, businesses, civil society, and indigenous peoples to make common decisions.

Members will negotiate proposals, which are intended to guide the work of the IUCN and give its members positions on key environmental issues. France has made an initiative of twelve proposals, notably on environmental crimes, light pollution, mature forests, links between climate and biodiversity, great apes,….

On the occasion of the IUCN World Congress, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met with Bacome Moblet Boubet, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Gabon, in Marseille on 6 September 2021.

The Ministers noted the common determination of our two countries to mobilize all parties concerned to put an end to the destruction of forests. This is an essential measure to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, the goals of the future post-2020 global biodiversity framework, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.

In this spirit, the Ministers agreed to bring together interested actors from the private sector, on the sidelines of the Cabinet meeting african business forum schweziol Nice on November 23-25, 2021, to create a business forum, within the framework of existing mechanisms, to create sustainable value chains in Africa. Ministers will present this forum jointly at a dedicated event on the sidelines of COP26 in Glasgow, with members of the Alliance for Tropical Forest Conservation and interested components of civil society.

Watch the video of Pierre-Henri Guignard, Special Envoy of the Tropical Forest Alliance

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