Evaluation and evolution: Raising the bar for the next Congress

10 July 2013 | News story

The Congress evaluation shows that participants were highly satisfied with the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress, which gave them a unique opportunity to debate on a wide range of biodiversity-related issues and allowed for creativity away from overly focused events or highly politicized decision-making bodies. The IUCN Congress, particularly the Forum, was seen as the perfect niche offering unequalled opportunities for sharing and engagement.

“I welcome the results of the evaluation undertaken by our Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, and am delighted to note the high level of appreciation from our Members and participants,” says IUCN’s Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre. “We take these findings and recommendations very seriously and will use them to develop a set of actions aimed at raising the bar for the 2016 Congress even higher.”

Key recommendations of the evaluation focus on the need to better define the purpose and objectives of the Congress to get a clearer sense of what is to be achieved collectively as a Union, and the need to make some changes to the motions and Resolutions processes.

For the full recommendations and more detailed information, please refer to:

The 2012 IUCN Congress brought together over 6,500 participants, including leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and social organizations, who joined together to discuss, debate and decide solutions for the world’s most pressing environment and development issues. Key outputs include the IUCN Programme 2013-16 and Congress Resolutions and Recommendations.

Read more in the Congress Highlights.
For the detailed outcomes of the 2012 Congress please click here.