Razan Al Mubarak articulated her vision for the Union in the recent IUCN 2021 presidential candidates’ debate which was moderated by the former Prime Minister of France, Laurent Fabius.
The debate was conducted in advance of the electronic vote which will open to all IUCN members no matter their location on September 4, 2021.
In her closing statement, Ms. Al Mubarak offered a message of hope for the future of conservation:
“IUCN has so much to offer at this critical moment, especially as more and more people recognize that protecting nature is critical to solving the current challenges we face, and that nature-based solutions are gaining more ground.
This is our opportunity to bring back the grand vision of the Union, where nature is elevated as an existential crisis on the global agenda.
Now is the time for us to step up to this challenge and redesign and reimagine nature conservation. The time for procrastination is over. We must be bold. We must be fast. We must innovate. And armed with optimism and humility, we need to enable the IUCN to be a more active and effective advocate for Nature Conservation globally. I am convinced we can do it collectively. We will succeed, for nature needs us and we need nature.”