The IUCN announced yesterday that Razan Al Mubarak, Managing Director of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, has been chosen as one of two candidates who will stand for election of President of the Union. If Al Mubarak is elected, she will be only the second woman to lead the IUCN in its 72-year history. She would also be the first president from the Arab world since 1978.
While IUCN is a conservation organization, the Union must continue to support sustainable development. IUCN should strive for a world in which all people have a quality of life that gives them both dignity and opportunities, but within the ecological limits of our planet. IUCN’s science-based approach and its diverse membership enable it rise above the polarization of ideas and opinions that so often prevent progress.
We must work to provide unbiased evidence that empowers sound decision-making for the sake of our planet. And we need to do this in a framework where every level of society can engage, including governments, civil society, indigenous communities, and our youth.
The threat to our oceans requires a cross-country, collaborated solution. No single nation can address this problem on its own. Global partnerships must underscore our collective commitment to the protection of local marine biodiversity, equitable governance of coastal activities, and sustainable management of our marine resources.