The World Conservation Congress 2016 has been the largest environmental meeting held in the United States with over 10,000 participants from 194 countries. This was also the first IUCN Congress in which UNDP actively organized a large number of sessions, with a delegation formed with members of the UNDP Global Environmental Finance Unit, Equator Initiative, Forest Initiative, NBSAP Forum, UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme, Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The Equator Initiative supported the participation of 15 Equator Prize winners from around the world to attend the Congress and engage at the Community Kauhale Oiwi – a community dialogue to share their knowledge and practices in environmental management among peers, and with the broader conservation community. UNDP representatives participated as organizers/lead as well as speakers/presenters in various events ranging from dialogues, workshops, knowledge cafés, poster exhibitions etc. representing its different global programmes.
UNDP’s interaction at WCC successfully balanced local perspectives and global interests in the areas of SDGs, land rights, finance, law and policy, communications, use of new technologies, indigenous peoples’ rights, and the global development agenda.
The attached Photostory portrays the pictorial journey of UNDP at the Congress, highlighting its objectives of participating in the Congress and the impacts on its future programme of work thereof.