The city of Hawaii in the United States hosted the IUCN World Conservation Congress that aimed to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development. The ten-day event that started on September 1 is held once in every four years.
The key outcome of the forum was the adoption of Hawai‘i Commitments’— an innovative document that sets out the opportunities to meet key conservation challenges identified at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. The document was shaped by Congress debates and deliberations submitted for comment to some 10,000 participants who attended the event and addressed issues such as sustaining world food supplies, maintaining the health of the oceans, wildlife trafficking, engaging with the private sector, and building resilience to climate change.
Hawaii i Commitments also outlined opportunities to address some of the greatest challenges facing nature conservation and calls for a commitment to implement them. It encapsulates the collective commitment by all those who attended the Congress to undertake profound transformations in how human societies live on Earth, with particular attention to making our patterns of production and consumption more sustainable.
The IUCN Members’ Assembly also voted to create a new category of membership for Indigenous peoples’ organisations. This will open the opportunity to strengthen the presence and role of Indigenous organisations in IUCN – a unique membership union gathering 217 state and government agencies, 1, 066 NGOs, and networks of over 16,000 experts worldwide.