» Irina Bokova meets Inger Andersen, Director-General of IUCN
18.09.2017 - ODG

Irina Bokova meets Inger Andersen, Director-General of IUCN

New York, 18 September. In the context of the 72nd session of UNGA, the Director-General met Ms. Inger Andersen, Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), one of the two advisory bodies to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

"We have to go further together in terms of dialogue with Member States and stakeholders to preserve the integrity of the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention," said Irina Bokova, referring to the challenge and opportunity of fostering a better understanding of the links between various intergovernmental programmes and frameworks for the conservation of protected areas ranging from World Heritage, to Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Geoparks.‎ "Our ultimate responsibility is to ensure long-term protection and conservation of sites and preserve the values underpinning these concepts and programmes for the future".

IUCN Director General Andersen pointed to the ‎importance of preservation efforts, in particular sustaining local efforts and training of managers of protected areas to ensure the long-term sustainable conservation of biodiversity.

Both Principals concurred with the need for respective organizations to better explain different regimes under the various UNESCO intergovernmental programmes in order to ensure enhanced understanding and support from countries to these concepts and to the values and requirements under the various programmes.

Ms. Andersen also shared recent initiatives by IUCN, such as the Green List initiative, which provides the opportunity to give worldwide recognition to the effective and sustainable management of national parks and protected areas, based on a two-year assessment of the biodiversity of species and serving as a counterweight to the IUCN Red List of endangered species.

While commending IUCN for its initiatives, Irina Bokova invited Ms. Andersen to strengthen dialogue cooperation between UNESCO and IUCN ever more in the future in the face of growing challenges for the conservation of world's biodiversity.


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