IUCN World Conservation Congress

IIED at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 took place from 3 to 11 September 2021 in Marseille. It was originally scheduled for June 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was a hybrid event, held partly in person and virtually, for the first time.

The congress brought together the global nature conservation community to democratically determine the most pressing issues in nature conservation and actions to address them. It was a key milestone in the development of a new Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) and a pivotal moment in the 2021 ‘super year’. IIED researchers and partners were present in person and online and worked to ensure that the final post-2020 GBF that is negotiated by Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity is not just good for nature, but good for people too.

IIED was also an organising partner of the Post-2020 Pavilion, a collaborative partnership of many of the world’s largest environment development NGOs and foundations plus several UN organisations and representatives of youth, Indigenous Peoples, local communities and the business sector.