The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 – a key global forum on protected areas – is coming to an end. Since 12 November 2014 over 5,000 participants from governments, international organisations, civil society organisations, community based organisations, the private sector and academia have gathered to join the Congress in Sydney. In light of this year’s theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions” key stakeholders working on issues related to protected areas have been taking stock of current developments, identifying challenges and discussing innovative approaches for conservation in light of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a corresponding Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative partners such as UNU-IAS, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) engaged in a number of sessions offering innovative approaches and pioneering ideas on ways to connect the both global priorities biodiversity and human health.
Join today’s world leader’s dialogue “A Balancing Act: how the global appetite for mineral resources defines the fate of protected areas” on-line here.To follow tomorrow’s closing session, follow the link here.
Read a more detailed summary of the WPC 2014 here.
The IUCN World Parks Congress Sidney 2014 is taking place from 12 till 19 November and will gather around 4000 delegates from over 160 countries. The WPC is held once in a decade and provides an ideal platform for a global conversation around issues related to protected areas. This year’s congress is themed Parks, People, Planet: Inspiring Solutions and will showcase the essential role and diverse benefits of protected areas for people and communities. Hence, partners of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative such as the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study for Sustainability (UNU-IAS) will actively engage in the event and highlight the relevance of parks for health and human well-being at large. Through sharing ideas and experiences, this years WPC aims to take stock of the achievements in implementing the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, agreed by the international community during the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) in Nagoya, Japan in 2010. The congress will further highlight the role of protected areas for sustainable development and identify challenges and innovations towards reaching the Aichi Targets and
Follow the highlights of the WPC 2014 through the live stream here