Sustainable Action

Everyone can do their part by participating in events, activities, and interactive exchanges to learn, share ideas, and take action to effect positive change. Discover what’s happening in your area.

October 2018

IUCN is strongly committed to its Island Initiative Programme, which focuses on the issues that islands share, regardless of size or political status. The characteristics of size, shape, and degree of isolation make many islands ecologically and culturally unique. However, these same characteristics also make islands fragile and vulnerable ecosystems. IUCN’s Islands Journey seeks to celebrate islands’ achievements; promote their actions, innovation, and leadership; and inspire, strengthen, and mobilize new partnerships and initiatives. Click here for Island-related events at the 2016 World Conservation Congress.

Some of the world’s greatest navigators once crossed the ocean in voyaging canoes, connecting the thousands of inhabited islands of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. The resurgence in long distance voyaging, led by a new generation of navigators, is now reconnecting Pacific communities and the world with this history. Today the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is circumnavigating the globe on a mission to highlight the interconnectedness of citizens from all nations in the face of the climate crisis. The Hawai‘i-Pacific Pavilion at the 2016 World Conservation Congress builds on this theme of interconnectedness in order to bring the peoples of the Pacific together to share their knowledge, and to build the alliances necessary to create a regional action plan to support climate resiliency throughout the region. See the Hawai‘i-Pacific Pavilion agenda for details of events and activities.

The imperative of caring for the earth and people has never been greater, and yet the challenges ahead are bigger than anything we have ever faced before. To successfully address these challenges we need to engage with and invest in people who have the potential to advance the future of conservation: the next generation of conservation leaders. This importance is reflected in the events dedicated to involve, support, empower, and engage with next generations at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress. Use the Congress App to create your own personal journey. The events search function on the Congress Portal is also a very effective tool.

Each year, the East-West Center (EWC) in Honolulu hosts a number of U.S. State Department-funded international youth leadership institutes. These programs engage participants between the ages of 18 and 24 from Southeast Asia and elsewhere in five weeks of experiential activities in Hawai‘i and on the U.S. mainland to expand their knowledge about the environment and build leadership skills through active learning methods. In the afternoon of 2 September, East-West Center environmental leadership program staff will host a special Conservation Campus for interested Congress participants. On a site visit to beautiful and historic Kualoa on O‘ahu’s northeast coast, the educators will simulate some of their hands-on teaching methods, which include tools from problem-based learning, design thinking and social labs.

Join Hawaiʻi Youth Challenge 2020 at the Conservation Congress Students’ Day event, Tuesday, September 6, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Hawaiʻi Convention Center, First Floor). Take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where Hawaiʻi students will engage with international conservation experts and learn how to use the Design Thinking process to develop their own creative solutions to urgent conservation issues! Check out the Students’ Day schedule for details. Registration deadline is August 19 at 11:59 PM Hawaii Standard Time, so register your students today! Students will also be able to attend a series of discussions and presentations at the IUCN Congress Thematic Pavilions.

Join the Polynesian Voyaging Society, along with its Promise to PaeʻĀina and Promise to Children partners, to participate in engaging activities that focus on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, the plastic pollution problem learn, and current ocean conservation efforts. Tuesday, September 6, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Hawaiʻi Convention Center, First Floor).

The IUCN World Conservation Congress Youth Symposium, which will take place from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Le Jardin Academy, is a parallel event of the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress. The event will bring together international IUCN Congress Youth Delegates with youth from across Hawaii to inspire activism rooted in socio-environmental ethics, promote collaboration between youth of different ages and backgrounds, and create templates and strategies for authentic community action. Attendees will leave the symposium with a plan for action and a well established global peer network. For further information, email: