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Razan Al Mubarak on Biodiversity and Climate Solutions: A Call to Action on International Day for Biological Diversity

On the International Day for Biological Diversity, Razan Al Mubarak, IUCN President and UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, emphasized the interconnectedness of biodiversity and climate change in her recent editorial in The National. Highlighting the critical role of ecosystems in providing essential services, from pollination and water filtration to carbon storage, she calls…

Razan Al Mubarak's Address at the Brazil Climate Investment Summit

Razan Al Mubarak, President of the IUCN and UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, shared a recorded message with participants at the inaugural Brazil Climate Investment Summit. Her remarks underscored the urgent need to accelerate investment in nature-based solutions (NbS) to address the interconnected crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. In her address,…

Watch Razan Al Mubarak’s Call to Action on the International Day for Biological Diversity

In recognition of the International Day for Biological Diversity, Razan Al Mubarak delivered a powerful message underscoring the importance of global collaboration to protect our planet's biodiversity. As President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, she highlighted the significance of the day's theme, "Be…

Razan Al Mubarak Chairs the 111th IUCN Council Meeting

This week, Razan Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is leading the 111th IUCN Council Meeting in Gland, Switzerland. The meeting focuses on critical strategic initiatives that will shape the future of conservation efforts globally. In collaboration with IUCN members, the council is discussing the IUCN’s 20-year strategic vision,…

Razan Al Mubarak Delivers Inspiring Speech at the Inaugural World Species Congress

During the inaugural World Species Congress, Razan Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), delivered an inspiring address to a global audience of policymakers, scientists, and conservationists. She underscored the significance of uniting to tackle biodiversity loss through the ambitious Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. Ms. Al Mubarak emphasized the Species…

Razan Al Mubarak and Joseph Nganga Highlight Global Impact of Clean Cooking

In their recent editorial published in Project Syndicate, Razan Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Joseph Nganga, Interim CEO of the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, discuss the transformative power of clean cooking technologies. With the IEA’s Africa Clean Cooking Summit in Paris concluded in May…

Razan Al Mubarak Announces UAE President's US$40 Million Contribution to Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, has generously contributed US$40 million to the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. This contribution will raise the Fund's endowment to over US$70 million by 2028, highlighting the UAE's firm dedication to global biodiversity conservation. Founded in 2009 by His Highness, the Fund…

Nature's Role in Our Climate Future: Highlights from Razan Al Mubarak's Editorial

In her recent editorial for The National on Earth Day and International Mother Earth Day, Razan Al Mubarak emphasized the need to prioritize nature in global climate action. Drawing on the outcomes of COP28, she underscored the importance of a unified, nature-centric approach to meet the ambitious goals set during the conference. Al Mubarak highlighted…

Sustainable Cities Key to Efforts to Cut Down Emissions

Her Excellency Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High Level Champion for COP28, shared her thoughts on how cities can contribute to solving the climate challenge during an appearance at the Sustainable Cities in Action Forum 2024. Held on 5 March at Expo City Dubai, the event brought under one roof urban planners, architects, city…

“Humanity Should Rethink its Relationship with the Planet:” Razan Al Mubarak

Her Excellency Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, has given a keynote address on 3 March 2024 at the Culture Summit Abu Dhabi. In her speech, Ms. Al Mubarak, who is also President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, reflected on the theme of the annual global cultural…

Razan Al Mubarak Highlights the Power of Culture to Shift Perceptions on Climate in an Op-Ed for The National

In a recent piece written on the occasion of the Cultural Summit 2024, held in Abu Dhabi, H. E. Razan Al Mubarak reflected on the role of cultural institutions in shifting public perceptions on climate and nature and boosting actions to address climate change and biodiversity loss. Ms. Al Mubarak, who is President of the…

Razan Al Mubarak in Time Magazine's “5 Ideas for Rebuilding Trust in 2024”

H.E. Razan Al Mubarak is featured in Time Magazine's “5 Ideas for Rebuilding Trust in 2024”, where she called to rebuild trust in nature’s ability to help us achieve our climate goals. Ms. Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of  Nature, mentioned the importance of understanding bio­diversity loss and climate change as…

Razan Al Mubarak discusses the importance of gender equality in an op-ed for Context News

In an op-ed for Context News, Razan Al Mubarak discusses the importance of including women and girls in climate talks and efforts, highlighting both their impact on daily practices and the lack of representation at the decision making nexus: “Women, as the main users and producers of household energy, are more likely to be energy-efficient…

Razan Al Mubarak Champions Nature and Inclusion at COP28 UAE

H.E. Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, advocated for nature and the inclusion of women and indigenous communities at the UN Climate Change Conference that took place in Dubai, UAE from 30 November to 13 December 2023. During the COP28 World Climate Action Summit Presidency event, Ms. Al Mubarak announced initial…

“A healthy, well-fed population is fundamental to creating a more resilient future:” Razan Al Mubarak for WEF

In an op-ed for the World Economic Forum, Razan Al Mubarak discussed the reality of the current climate crisis and its connection to the food crisis, as well as four strategies to address this challenge.  Ms. Al Mubarak described the unequal conditions that the current food system has created: “This broken food system is creating…

Razan Al Mubarak and Mahmoud Mohieldin address the current climate crisis in a joint op-ed for SustainableViews

Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, and Mahmoud Mohieldin - UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP27 in Egypt - recently co-wrote an op-ed for SustainableViews discussing the collective shift necessary to achieve greater climate stability, security, and equality. The High-Level Champions address the Paris Agreement’s 1.5˚C target, acknowledging how far…

Razan Al Mubarak highlights the need for gender equality at the Global Conference on Gender and Environmental Data

During the Global Conference on Gender and Environmental Data held on November 28 in Abu Dhabi, Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, highlighted the need for gender equality and wider support for female leadership in climate action. The two day-conference, which preceded COP28 in the UAE, was organized by the Offices…

IUCN President Razan Al Mubarak leads 75th Anniversary Commemoration and 110th Council Meeting

Today, on the 75th Anniversary of the founding of IUCN, Razan Al Mubarak commemorated the organization and led its 110th Council Meeting in the Chateau of Fontainebleau, France, where the International Union for the Conservation of Nature was formally established. In a heartfelt retrospective of the organization’s journey,  Ms. Al Mubarak highlighted its growth throughout…

Razan Al Mubarak in Newsweek: ‘Nature can provide a third of our climate mitigation solutions’

In a recent interview for Newsweek, Razan Al Mubarak discussed the centrality of nature-based solutions in tackling the climate crisis, and her ambitions ahead of COP28 - now less than a month away. As President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Ms. Al Mubarak focused on the importance of nature as one…

‘We are embracing the power of nature to combat climate change’: COP28's Razan Al Mubarak

In a recent interview for Eco-Business, Razan Al Mubarak discussed the work of COP28 to guarantee diverse and inclusive climate negotiations, the power of nature-based solutions to combat climate change, and other priorities ahead of COP28 in the UAE later this year. As UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, one of Ms. Al Mubarak’s…

Razan Al Mubarak Announced The Ocean Breakthroughs at the IUCN Leaders Forum

At the recent IUCN Leaders Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, IUCN President Razan Al Mubarak announced an ambitious global marine conservation and climate action initiative – The Ocean Breakthroughs. Developed by the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action and with the support of the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions, The Ocean Breakthroughs presents specific targets spanning…

Razan Al Mubarak Marks Her Second Anniversary as IUCN President

Razan Al Mubarak shared a message to mark her second anniversary as President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In her speech, she highlighted the importance of inclusion to solve the current climate crisis. “One of the cornerstones of our work for the last two years has been a focus on inclusion.…

Razan Al Mubarak announces funding for women’s inclusion at COP28

At MENA Climate Week in Riyadh, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28 Razan Al Mubarak announced support to advance women’s representation and gender parity at the upcoming climate summit in the United Arab Emirates. During a “Gender and Climate Change in the Middle East” event at MENA Climate Week, Ms. Al Mubarak touched on…

Razan Al Mubarak announces plans to ensure indigenous voices are heard at COP28

Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, announced plans to ensure indigenous communities have their voices heard at the crucial climate talks, underlining the importance of inclusion for the Conference which will take place later this year in the United Arab Emirates. Ms. Al Mubarak, who is also President of the International…

Razan Al Mubarak Advocates for Nature-based Solutions and Including All Voices at Climate Week NYC

During Climate Week NYC, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28 Razan Al Mubarak advocated for Nature-based Solutions and other urgent actions that tackle climate change and nature loss simultaneously, and she reaffirmed the need to include indigenous peoples and women in climate talks. Despite many countries setting goals to limit greenhouse emissions, the world…

Nature-based solutions may be key to meeting Paris climate goals

Razan Al Mubarak has written an op-ed for ImpactAlpha, reflecting on a term that is becoming increasingly prominent in the discourse on climate change: “nature-based solutions.” These are actions meant to protect, sustainably use, manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems.  As UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, Ms. Al Mubarak said these solutions…

Africa's Role in Successful Climate Action Must Not Be Overlooked

At Africa Climate Week, Mrs. Razan Al Mubarak took part in climate talks about the preservation of Africa’s diverse ecosystems — ranging from marine and coastal areas to vast terrestrial landscapes — as the world transitions to renewable energy solutions. Mrs. Al Mubarak said: “Africa's incredible biodiversity is not just a testament to the continent's…

Razan Al Mubarak for Emirati Women's Day

Razan Al Mubarak: Reflections on Emirati Women’s Day: The Integral Role of Women in the Upcoming COP28

Today, on the occasion of Emirati Women’s Day, Razan al Mubarak published an op-ed in The National addressing the significance of women’s contributions to Emirati society. Women are not merely central to the fields of conservation and climate change; they are integral pillars across all sectors of society, whether as scientists, creatives, leaders, or mothers.…

Razan Al Mubarak meets with heads of state and Indigenous communities in Brazil climate talks

At the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) Summit in Belem, Brazil, Razan Al Mubarak was part of the COP28 Presidency delegation that engaged heads of state, ministers, governors, and leaders of Indigenous communities in climate talks leading up to COP28.  The ACTO Summit was expected to yield an ambitious policy on protecting the world’s largest…

Razan Al Mubarak: Green Shipping Can Cut Emissions and Boost Developing Nations

In advance of a watershed meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) conference in London next week, Razan Al Mubarak wrote an op-ed for Context calling on the maritime shipping industry to significantly cut carbon emissions over the next five years while also prioritizing a just transition to green fuels that will benefit developing countries. …

Razan Al Mubarak talks about Nature-Positive Economy with Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Melanie Jamieson and Jennifer Tauli Corpuz at London Climate Action Week.

Razan Al Mubarak Advocates for Nature-Positive Economy

During London Climate Action Week, Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, advocated for a nature-positive economy and called on businesses to step up climate mitigation and adaptation efforts and to include nature-based solutions in their climate transition plans. At the flagship event “The Race is On: Net Zero & Nature Positive…

Nature can protect us if we protect it: Razan Al Mubarak for Economist Impact

Ahead of London Climate Action Week, Razan Al Mubarak penned an op-ed for Economist Impact on the need to put nature-positive solutions higher on the global agenda. As UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, Ms. Al Mubarak said: “In the race to tackle climate change and adapt and build resilience to its impacts, there…

Razan Al Mubarak speaking at the Bonn Climate Change Conference

Razan Al Mubarak Urges Decisive Climate Action at Bonn Climate Change Conference

Razan Al Mubarak urged decisive climate action by the private sector, local governments and civil society at the Bonn Climate Change Conference this week. Held from 5-15 June, the event is part of the formal United Nations negotiations on climate and marks an important stop on the road to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28)…

Razan Al Mubarak at the Road to COP28 event hosted by Dubai Chambers.

Razan Al Mubarak Calls for Collective Climate Action at Road to COP28 Event

Razan Al Mubarak, UN High-Level Climate Champion for COP28, highlighted the importance of collective climate action among non-state actors including businesses, cities, financial institutions, civil society, and academia. The event, titled “Road to COP28: Driving Collective Action in the UAE,” was hosted by the High-Level Champions and the Dubai Chamber, with support from the COP28…

Group photo after the 109th Council Meeting in Switzerland.

IUCN President Razan Al Mubarak Leads 109th Council Meeting in Switzerland

Razan Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), convened the 109th IUCN Council Meeting held in Gland, Switzerland on 23 May 2023. Ms. Al Mubarak, who has been at the forefront of important environmental initiatives, is the second woman and the first representative from the Arab world to lead the…

Razan Al Mubarak Calls on Youth at NYU Abu Dhabi: “You Are The Catalyst for Change”

Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, called on the youth to “step forward and make a difference” during her commencement address at NYU Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Read a summarized version of Ms. Al Mubarak’s speech below or watch the full speech on YouTube. “Your Highness, ladies and…

Razan Al Mubarak for International Day for Biological Diversity 2023

Hello friends and hello colleagues, Today marks the International Day for Biological Diversity, reminding us of the urgent need to take action to stop the loss of biodiversity, which is one of the most significant crises that we face. The planet is losing over 10,000 species each year, which is 1,000 times faster than the historical baseline. However, when we talk about the…

Razan Al Mubarak Calls for Greater Inclusion and Partnerships at the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues

Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, and President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), urged for greater inclusion of Indigenous peoples as “full partners in decision-making that affect their lands, health, resources and way of life” at the 22nd Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous…

A Message from Razan Al Mubarak on International Mother Earth Day 2023

Dear friends, dear colleagues. Today is International Mother Earth Day. “Mother Earth.” The name gives me pause. As climate change and biodiversity loss threaten the planet that we call our home, who will come to her protection? I am personally inspired by the many indigenous communities around the world who are finely attuned to their…

Razan Al Mubarak for Ms. Magazine: This Mother Earth Day, Let's Follow the Lead of Indigenous People for a More Symbiotic Relationship With Nature

To mark International Mother Earth Day 2023, Razan Al Mubarak penned an op-ed for Ms. Magazine in which she acknowledged an important ethos of Indigenous Peoples, one that values a symbiotic relationship between all living things and the planet we share. Ms. Al Mubarak said: “As we battle the twin threats of climate change and…

Razan Al Mubarak for Arabian Business: Let compassion unite us in our fight against climate change

This last month, Muslims, Christians, and Jews the world over have celebrated Ramadan, Easter, and Passover simultaneously – something that only happens about once every thirty years. In an op-ed for Arabian Business, Ms. Al Mubarak said: “This period of collective spiritual introspection is a powerful reminder of a central tenet of all religions: compassion…

A Video Greeting from Razan Al Mubarak to Celebrate Eid, Easter and Passover

Dear friends, dear colleagues, Eid Mubarak! As we bid Ramadan farewell and begin to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, I wanted to share a short reflection with you about what made this Ramadan special to me. This past holiday season, Muslims, Christians and Jews observed Ramadan, Easter and Passover simultaneously, something that only happens about once every…

At Japan National Committee of IUCN, Razan Al Mubarak calls to embrace the interconnectedness of climate change and biodiversity loss

Dear friends,  Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to Japan to meet with members of the Japan National Committee of IUCN, where we discussed upcoming priorities and opportunities for further Union engagement.  What left an impression during these discussions was the famed hospitality of our hosts and the idyllic location of our meeting:…

Quartz Africa talks with Razan Al Mubarak about impact of climate change on women

In an interview with Quartz Africa, Razan Al Mubarak spoke about a range of issues related to the devastating impact of climate change on women. Ms. Al Mubarak said: “Women are less likely to survive climate-related disasters due to existing gender inequalities, which can create disparities in information and mobility. Further, women have much more…

Razan al Mubarak for POLITICO: “The Best Way to Celebrate Women is to Nurture them as Leaders” 

To mark International Women’s Day 2023, IUCN’s first female president from the Arab world Razan Al Mubarak penned an op-ed for POLITICO calling for women’s voices to be heard, included, and celebrated. In the op-ed, Ms. Al Mubarak highlights the diverse range of experiences that women around the world face as they deal with the…

A Message from Razan Al Mubarak on International Women’s Day 2023

Dear friends and dear colleagues, I wanted to take this opportunity — on International Women’s Day — to say a few words about the importance of representation. Today – and every day – the best way to celebrate women is not only to include and elevate their voices, but to nurture them as leaders. We…

At One Forest Summit, Razan Al Mubarak highlights the role of forests in fighting climate change and biodiversity loss

“This is the decade in which we must reverse biodiversity loss, slash emissions, address resilience, advance equity, and we must do this all simultaneously,” asserted Razan Al Mubarak, speaking at the sixth-annual One Forest Summit today. Protection of tropical rainforests took center stage at the two-day conference, attended by French President Emmanuel Macron, Gabon President…

At World Government Summit, Razan Al Mubarak Says Women Should Be On The Frontlines Of Climate Discussion

Women and girls face the greatest impacts of climate change. However, they should not be seen as victims but instead as agents of change and decision makers, according to Razan Al Mubarak, speaking at this year’s World Government Summit in Dubai. Ms. Al Mubarak joined Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmin Fouad and Maldives Minister of State…

Nearly 100 Conservationists from around the World attend IUCN Council Meeting in Abu Dhabi

On January 18-20, 2023, IUCN President Razan Al Mubarak hosted nearly 100 IUCN Council members, staff, and expert volunteer conservationists from around the world for the 108th IUCN Council Meeting in Abu Dhabi. The meeting took place just one month after the historic Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, where nations pledged to halt and reverse biodiversity…

Razan Al Mubarak Named UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28 UAE

Today, the United Arab Emirates announced that Razan Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), will join the leadership team for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28), to be held in Dubai in November, 2023, as the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion.…

For COP15, Razan Al Mubarak lays out vision to successfully halt biodiversity loss by 2030

On the eve of the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP15) in Montreal, Canada, Razan Al Mubarak penned an op-ed for The National laying out her vision for how the world can halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030.  In the op-ed, Ms. Al Mubarak called on negotiators to use IUCN resources and tools to measure…

At COP27, Razan Al Mubarak Champions Nature-based Solutions

At the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP27, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, IUCN President Razan Al Mubarak joined world leaders in launching a new global initiative that will drive the implementation of proven solutions that effectively harness nature to address climate adaptation and mitigation.  On Biodiversity Day at COP27 (16 November), Ms.…

Razan Al Mubarak Calls for Responsible Development in the Critical Mineral Sector at this Year's Paris Peace Forum

Speaking at the 5th Paris Peace Forum, Razan Al Mubarak highlighted the environmental paradox that the world now faces as more countries fight climate change by shifting toward green technologies, which are reliant on critical minerals. Ms. Al Mubarak spoke during the panel session, “Acting together for a responsible critical minerals sector,” which included the…

At IUCN Leaders Forum, Razan Al Mubarak delivers vision for a nature-positive global economy

In the first-ever edition of the IUCN Leaders Forum, Razan Al Mubarak delivered the opening remarks and kicked off a three day event discussing IUCN's vision for a nature-positive, global economy and society, and turning this vision into reality.  The Leaders Forum gathered some of the most powerful voices in the world of climate change…

At UN General Assembly, Razan Al Mubarak addresses climate and biodiversity crises

During Climate Week and the UN General Assembly in September, Razan Al Mubarak championed initiatives to address climate change and biodiversity loss at a series of seminal events in New York City.  Ms. Al Mubarak started her week off in New York at a panel discussion on conserving, restoring, and sustainably using nature, aimed at…

Razan Al Mubarak marks one year anniversary as IUCN President

Just over one year ago, Razan Al Mubarak was elected IUCN’s new president. Her first year in office marks an important milestone and a great opportunity to update you on the progress that IUCN, under her leadership, has made in implementing the resolutions and decisions agreed upon during the Congress, while also laying out goals…

At World Youth Development Forum, Razan Al Mubarak highlights the role of youth in the planet's future

Biodiversity is facing significant threats, including an estimated loss of 10,000 species each year due to extinction. But there is an opportunity for a better future, and the leadership of young people is essential to that effort, according to IUCN President Razan Al Mubarak. In a speech to World Youth Development Forum in Beijing on…

Razan Al Mubarak delivers the opening address to IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress

IUCN President Razan Al Mubarak delivered opening remarks at the IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress on July 18, 2022, in Kigali, Rwanda. Noting that twenty-five percent of the world’s biodiversity can be found in Africa, Ms. Al Mubarak highlighted the critical role that Africa’s protected areas can play in the fight against biodiversity loss and…

Razan Al Mubarak biodiversity and climate change challenges with Treehugger

In a wide-ranging interview with Treehugger reporter Mary Jo DiLinardo, Razan Al Mubarak discussed the significance of her 2021 election as IUCN’s first female from the Arab world, how her passion for conservation began, and what she hopes to accomplish as IUCN President. “IUCN has a critical role to play at this pivotal moment in…

Razan Al Mubarak on NatureServe “Conservation Conversations” Podcast

For Earth Day 2022, Razan Al Mubarak was interviewed by Nature Serve President and CEO Sean O’Brien on the organization’s “Conservation Conversations” podcast.  In the interview, Ms. Al Mubarak discusses a range of issues including her goals as the current president of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), what inspired her to dedicate…